Tonight I had dinner with two of my good friends Karen and Wendy! Karen's birthday was last week so Wendy and I took her out for a belated birthday celebration. You can't find two sweeter or funnier people on the planet if you tried...well, maybe except me! Kiddddddddding! We laughed so much tonight that our sides ached. I told Wendy that I hadn't posted anything on my blog today because I had been so busy with school as well as after school committee meetings. She suggested I go home and look through some old class pictures to jog a memory stuck somewhere in my brain. It worked! Thanks Wendy, you sweetie pie you!
One Spring I took a class outside to read a story in the school courtyard. It was a beautiful spring day and we wanted to take advantage of the sunshine after lunch. The courtyard was surrounded by buildings on both sides and had a lovely grassy area located in its center. I sat down to read to my class who had nestled around me eager to hear the story. Within five seconds I jumped up yelling! When I say yelling, I am not exaggerating. It bordered on screaming. Evidently, the place where I chose to plop down in the grass also happened to be in close proximity to the same spot where some yellow jackets had made a nest in the ground. I scared the children and not knowing why I was yelling, they jumped up screaming. Unfortunately, one little girl was as unlucky as I was. She got stung three times on her legs. I got stung multiple times. This particular courtyard spot was located close to the Principal's office. Since his office windows faced the courtyard, he got a great view of a teacher and her screaming students running in all directions. He hurried outside among all the mayhem to see what all the ruckus was about. Since each kindergarten class had outside doors that led to the courtyard, those teachers also came out to see what was going on. Lots of tiny little faces wearing curious expressions could be seen peeking around each teacher. That's what I was told anyway. All I could think about was how much pain I was in. It took over a week before I could sit comfortably again! Need I say more?
I still read stories outside but now I always take a kindergarten size chair with me ! Yellow jackets do not take kindly to sharing their territory, even with kindergarten teachers! I speak from
first hand experience. Well, you know what I mean!