Sunday, October 5, 2008

FunnyBack, Cell Phones & Beat the Teacher Night

I need to get my FunnyBack.

Last week just didn’t bring too many ha-ha’s my way. For goodness sake, I even yelled at my yearbook rep, and I never do that. (OK, so maybe I do just a little bit, but only to keep things interesting and to keep him in line because I do actually like him.)

Perhaps it was that newspaper deadline that beat me down.

Or maybe it was the end of the six weeks and grades were due.

Or perhaps, it’s because I realized even though we knocked one six weeks out, there are still five more to go.

Or maybe it’s because children--no matter how much you like them--sometimes just suck the life right out of you.

Sometimes I feel like a trader on Wall Street without a $700 billion bailout in sight.

And for all those clinging optimists out there, let me just say next week doesn’t hold much promise either with Beat the Teacher Night--oh, wait, make that MEET the Teacher Night--on the schedule.

So back to trying to get that ole FunnyBack

I did manage to overhear one rather amusing story. One of my staffers was grounded for grades and had to surrender her beloved cell phone. Now we all know how catastrophic surrendering one’s cell phone can be for teens, and we all know how teens (like 3-year-olds in a grocery store demanding chocolate) make numerous attempts to wear you down.

Well, in effort to get partial visitation with her cell phone, our intrepid staffer whined to her mom about how unsafe it could be to not have a cell phone. What about kidnappers? Rapists? Stalkers? Robbers? Her crazy journalism adviser?

OMG, she had me convinced there was absolutely no way our staffer could safely walk through the brightly-lit school parking lot to catch that big yellow school bus home. No siree, Missy.

Staffer…“…so I told my mom how dangerous it was to be without a phone, you know, in case of an emergency…”

The rest of the staff… “Yeah, so what did she say…”

Staffer…“Well, later she said I was right and handed me this phone…”

The rest of the staff seemed a bit puzzled…

Staffer…“Just look at it!”

Everyone peered at said cell phone. It seemed OK.

Staffer…“Just look at it!” (now illuminating the offending screen) You can only dial 9-1-1, you know, for emergencies…”

Apparently 9-1-1 emergencies were not the kind of emergencies our staffer was anticipating or wanting to use the cell phone for…

I just hope her mom comes to Beat Meet the Teacher night.

I think she deserves to wear the tiara.

Hails Bails, I think maybe I’ll buy her one.

6 comments:

shadowhelm said...

Or maybe it’s because children--no matter how much you like them--sometimes just suck the life right out of you.

That would make them life-leeches (Prophecy of Swords). Maybe that's why we all get gray hair?

margaret said...

that staffer's mom is my kind of mom - love it! (wish they were all like that) Hey, wasn't the start of school only 3 weeks ago? If all the marking periods go that quickly, the rest of the year may only seem like 15wks!

jswan@globalexhibitmanagement.com said...

Tiaras are definitely in order for the clever mother and outstanding teacher, may all the parents appreciate a great teacher like you.

Melissa B. said...

Oh, gosh...Beat the Teacher Nite AND a staffer who can only dial 911? Sounds like you've got a lot in store for you this week!

loonyhiker said...

Great post! I referred to this post in my own blog post today. Thanks for the inspiration! http://successfulteaching.blogspot.com/2008/10/win-win-situations.html

Many Shades of Shabby by Devonia said...

Still reading...finally, a positive Mom post. Thanks.