Similar but not the Same

Andrea, a friend and former colleague, recently shared this story with me. She had been out of the school for a week. The following conversation took place after her return. Grade 9 boy: “Mrs. L, why do you have a bong on your desk?” Andrea: “A bong?” “Yeah, a bong.” “I have a bong on… Continue reading Similar but not the Same

Paw in Mouth

I had just finished my second year of teaching. A colleague agreed to do some welding for me. I drove to his place one summer morning and carried the materials into his garage. Shorty after I arrived, a Newfoundland dog came over to me. He was friendly enough. I didn’t have to bend over to… Continue reading Paw in Mouth

Parent-Teacher Night

Last month I ran into a former colleague. He would still be considered to be in the early years of his career. “So, how did last week’s Parent-Teacher interviews go?”, I asked. “Oh, okay, but like it usually is, I didn’t see any of the parents I needed to see.” I had a sudden flashback… Continue reading Parent-Teacher Night

To the Rescue

One day after school I was working in my classroom. All was quiet when I recognized a voice in the hallway. It was a colleague and I could tell that he was on a rant. I didn’t know who he was talking to but I was thankful it wasn’t me. After a few minutes I… Continue reading To the Rescue

The Dearly Departed – Part I

Two weeks ago I attended a funeral service and made two other visitations at funeral homes. I guess I am getting at that age. One of the visitations was for the father of a former colleague. I didn’t know him but I wanted to reach out to my friend. I became aware of his passing… Continue reading The Dearly Departed – Part I