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Not Looking for a Bloggy…or am I? March 31, 2010

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On a recent “Ugly Betty”, Betty begins a Blog and wins an award called a Bloggy.  I don’t think I’m looking for a Bloggy, although it would be an interesting award show. It’s just that I always have ideas rolling around in my head and I very rarely have time to write it down.

In lieu of my facebook notes section, I thought I’d try this blog thing. Eventually I will move my facebook stories to my blog…but I thought I’d start out with a few classic stories first.

As a third grade teacher I must say, my life is never boring. I definitely think life is a whole lot more than a box of chocolates. Speaking of boxes, this classic story is all about boxes.

It’s after lunch and I am reading to the class. It was then that I noticed that one of the students had his hoodie on and it was zipped to his neck. He was acting suspicious and I knew I had to research this further. As the students return to their seats, I notice an odd shape to that hoodie.

The class is quietly working at their desks and I quietly crouch by Steven* and whispered, “So what do you have in your jacket?”

Steven looked shocked and quickly responded, “Nothing.”

“Oh, come on. I know there is something in there. What is it?” I coaxed.

Then I got…the stare. He’s trying to wait it out. I know he wants me to go away and pretend I didn’t see a thing. “Steven, there is something in there. For goodness sakes, you look like Sponge Bob.”

And he did! Once I surveyed the situation closer, I realized that his entire stomach was shaped like a box. The mere mention of Sponge Bob cause the rest of the students to lean a little closer toward our conversation. That’s when I suggested that we talk outside in the hall. Unfortunately, any hope I had of quickly solving this mystery depleted when we went into the hallway because the interrogation started all over again.

Finally, we got somewhere when he began to point the finger at another student named Jeffrey*. I stepped back into the room and called Jeffrey into the hallway. Jeffrey looked at me, then Steven, and let’s not forget…Steven’s square stomach. Sigh.

You could tell at that moment that the truth was their only choice because Steven unzipped his jacket to reveal 2 pizza boxes from lunch. With pure curiosity I asked, “Um…why did you take those?”

“Jeffrey wanted them,” Steven tells me as he points to his friend.

“Well?” I asked.

“I wanted them because of the games on the back,” he responded. For a moment this sounded logical until I examined one of the empty pizza boxes. I even examined the inside which was still filled with leftover sauce and cheese. After they watched me examine the box, Jeffrey points to the box and states that it said the word “fun” on the back.

He was right about that but it said, “It’s fun to be nutritious” and had a big picture of the food pyramid. Sigh.

I gently explained what the back said, talked about taking things without permission, and asked them to throw it away in the cafeteria (remember there was still food inside). As they turned the corner I laughed to myself and reentered the classroom.

*NOTE: All stories are true BUT all names are fake to protect the innocent.