Here's what I went through on Friday.
It rained. Hard. And the wind blew. Hard. I've talked about our open school format before. It's open. I open my door and then I have to walk outside to get anywhere. Anywhere! We were inside all day which meant the peculiar phenomenon of students having to use the restroom way-too-often occurred, and has led me to conclude and diagnose my entire class with urinary tract infections. I have never wanted a bathroom inside my classroom, but I am beginning to rethink that idea.
Towards the end of our day, it began to thunder.
But not as loud as the two kids in my class who completely lost all sense of themselves and fell apart.
It didn't matter to them that I grew up in Oklahoma and survived tornadoes. Sort of. I mean, we had the siren in our own backyard, practically. And I remember crowding into the downstairs bathroom and running out of room for my dad (which made us all crack up and broke a lot of the tension). And another time, I sat in a friend's hallway and her dad insisted we keep our shoes on. (that one still makes us laugh today) However, neither of those stories made my two over-the-top-scared-out-of-their-wits- kids laugh. HUH? It also didn't matter to them that I was a teeny tiny teacher who rescues people. Nope. We smelled the soup so much that I have now completely cleared my nasal cavities. Interestingly enough, both of these kiddos are twins and their siblings are in my partner's class. So I did a quick check and I was right. Their siblings were fine. I stole the calm twins and made them come sit with my hysterical ones. Just for the record, I would have been the emotional twin and Kerry would have had to sit with me. It makes complete and total sense that these particular twins are in my class.
I really wanted to tell them that my niece and nephews were in lock down last week because an actual tornado was in their midst, but I refrained. Seriously, though, these kids have no clue. NO CLUE. And you poor Texas teachers who had to stay with your kids on lockdown PAST dismissal time . . . you deserve a medal.
(I will not talk about the parents who started pulling their kids out an hour before dismissal. I will not. I mean, it was very loud thunder. Storm Watch 2012 and all that.)
Our dismissal happened at the peak of the thunderstorm. It was mass chaos. Not to mention that we had just done construction on the ramp we use to go out the front so we had to take the LONG way. Of course. I had pick up duty. At the circle. Where the cars come. Where the kids wait. In the rain. The rain that was sideways. My umbrella didn't matter. At one point, I was a little nervous that I might fly away.
Yes. I know I am lucky to be able to wear Uggs to school. I am. But this is the first time that they did not protect me. They soaked right through. I was wet. I didn't take a picture of myself, but if you have ever seen a wet dog, now you know what I looked like.
I swam back to my classroom, loaded up EVERY SINGLE THING that I have to accomplish this weekend, and left (which I never do). When I got home, the hubby opened the door for me and said he'd already started a bath. I wuver him.
On a completely different note, we watched last week's Amazing Race episode. I don't know if you watch or not, but this part is amusing to me. One of the teams is made up of two female federal agents. But they don't want anyone to know that so they told the other teams that they are Kindergarten teachers. Well, this episode showed that all of the teams are becoming suspicious. Because, in their opinion, teachers are "friendly, social, and bouncy." Bouncy! :) And these chicks aren't. I asked my husband if anyone would doubt my teacher status and he said absolutely not. I am pretty sure the waitress at the Cheesecake Factory wouldn't doubt it, either.
I finally have some Adjective Cards for you. They are bundled with my nouns and verbs over at my TpT store. Click the pic to go see them! Thank you for all of your support this week - I love you guys!!!
Have a great Saturday! I have so much work to do . . . but I will be with PJ and some Reality TV while I accomplish it so I can't complain too much.