What Did You Say?

Ashley Milburn was the head custodian of Belleisle Regional High School during my ten years there; in fact, he was there for 29 years. His father was custodian for the 31 years before him. Perhaps, if I ever write my book, I will devote a chapter just to Ashley. He took so much pride in his work and we all appreciated his What-else-can-I-do-to-help attitude. He took so much pride in the school. Its cleanliness and condition were testament to Ashley’s energy and dedication. We lost Ashley last year. I miss his laugh. I miss his company.

What Did You Say?

It was the first week of school at Belleisle Regional and I had just organized my students into their cooperative learning groups. As I was moving about the room and listening in on their discussions I noticed one of girls was sporting some new tattoos. She was also wearing a rather low-cut shirt. Without thinking I remarked, “Hey – nice tats”. She looked at me and said, “What did you say?”. I quickly replied, “Tats, I said tats. T…A…T…S…. tats”.

Now I wonder what Freud would have to say about that.


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