I am going to do my best and try really hard not to hurt your eardrums.
SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!
It does not feel real.
You’ll be happy to know I didn’t cry. There were a couple of times that I got choked up, but no ugly cry going on here. I tell you, I’m a rock. I’m cold as ice.
Yesterday, we had Field Day.
The weather was nice so that’s good. The heat gets me. It has something to do with your heart having to work hard to cool your body down. And my heart can’t do it that well. I’m trying to get my kids to listen and I have to repeat the following sentences 3,426 times:
I need two lines.
It’s not recess.
It’s just for fun.
No one won.
I’m thirsty, too.
I’m tired, too.
Stop chasing him.
Lunchtime is soon.
Meanwhile, my heart is doing everything it can to keep my body cool and it doesn’t usually work. So then I get really bad symptoms and feel like I should just pass out and call it a day.
But that didn’t happen yesterday.
All that other stuff did, though. It was really fun.
Then, just to make sure we were having the BEST-DAY-EVER, we had our party in the afternoon.
I don’t really know what the parents had planned, but we had a fabulous time. The kids signed frames, made candy leis, wrote a card for me, and played Just Dance on the Wii. Yes. I brought my Wii. Did you know that it doesn’t matter if you only have two remotes? Everyone can dance along no matter what. It was hilarious. Some of us are amazing dancers.
And then there’s me.
When the party ended, my room parents presented me with the class gift.
I’m being completely real when I say I hate this part.
Parents are watching. Waiting for my reaction. Kids are sitting on the carpet, chanting “O–pen it! O–pen it! O–pen it!”
Does that happen to you?
And all I’m thinking is, I don’t remember asking for anything. And I don’t need anything. And we just had Teacher’s Apprecation and they spoiled me pretty rotten then. To the point that I was stinky.
Anyways, I opened it.
And it was an iPad 2.
Let’s all be silent.
That was my reaction. Silence.
I also may have started to say, “Shut the front door” but then I was worried that it wasn’t appropriate in front of the students so I stopped. So now it probably looked like I said, “Shut the f…..” which is a whole ‘nother ballgame altogether. But I can’t stop thinking about it. Do the parents think I said a bad word? Are they going to think I do that all the time? Do they think I’m the worst teacher in the universe? Do they want to take their kid out of my class? (that last one’s not a valid worry anymore) Just for the record, I do not say bad words. I just don’t. I replace them with other things. My partner says, “Shitake Mushrooms!” which gets me every time. And another friend says “Milkshake!” I don’t get it either.
So, yep. Speechless.
I just stood there. While everyone watched.
Blood rushed up from my feet all the way up to my face.
I felt dizzy and thought I might throw up.
So I said, “I feel dizzy and I might throw up.”
My kids said, “O-pen it! O-pen it! O-pen it!”
It’s just sitting there.
In the box.
I did not cry.
The parents did, though. Even a watchdog. But not me. Like I said, cold as ice.
Should I have cried? Should I have fainted? Should I have danced?
Should I take it back??????
Here are my thoughts on the iPad.
I still have no words.