Today was one of those days... Yep... even writers have them, especially when I'm not just a writer but a Kindergarten teacher the Monday after Halloween.
Today the children were a little far from ordinary. One child came into school upset over hearing a fight between his parents. At four years old, he couldn't get it off his mind. He could only focus for ten minutes at a time. In between the moments of focus was tortures of pencils and pen throwing, everything being dumped off my desk including papers sent flying. The child even climbed on the tables and tried to dump over the puppet theater.
Other children were on sugar highs. One child told me that he had five treats in his lunch box today. This child normally is very loud. He only has a loud button and shouting is his regular indoor voice. Today he was so loud that other children around him covered their ears when he laughed or cracked a joke. Days like that make me wonder if the parents dislike me.
Karma being what it is... today one of my students found the only pile of dog poop on the playground. He'd walked in it. We tried to get it off by wiping said smelly tennis shoes on the grass. Nope...nada...no luck. So during the beginning of my lunch, I washed the child's shoes off in the bathroom. I couldn't have him walking around the school and in the classroom tracking that shit (literally) all over the place. A nice thank you note from administration would make my day!
This week our letter of the week is "W". We tried to come up with all the words that began with "W's" such as what, waddle, water, walk, wolf, window, wall, wild, and wahooo! One child even suggested wine. I sure hope that a bottle of wine doesn't end up in my sound basket on Thursday! However, I'd have liked to have something to take the edge off by the end of the day. But I don't drink.
So while I'm reminiscing about the day (don't I look calm now?), I'd love to hear about your day! Please tell me it wasn't just me...maybe your day was worse! (there's another "w" word!)
I think I'm going to go hide under the covers with the puppies and hope that tomorrow's day is better. It has to be, right?? RIGHT??? Come on... you can try to make me feel better!
Musings from Michigan