During my first year of employment in my current private K-12 school, I remember walking over to the high school building with another teacher. We were chatting about the obstacles we were facing in trying to lose weight as we came through the entrance lined with teens sprawled out studying or enjoying their lunch. Just as we walked in I said "My problem is that I have a terrible coke habit". Fifteen heads immediately popped up from their books to stare at me with their mouths agape. Realizing that they had misunderstood, I immediately looked down at them and said "Soda!!!! Coca-cola!!! Sugary drink!" My friend just giggled as we proceeded into the building.  The moral of this story is "Not only do you have to watch what you say, but pay attention to the way you say it!"

88 comments

  1. Debbie // March 25, 2010 at 8:45 PM  

    Ha that is funny though!~ But you are right about be careful what you say....even through email, texting, blogging, things can be taken the wrong way. Have a great night! And lay off the coke would ya?

  2. Brenda Susan // March 25, 2010 at 8:46 PM  

    Ha! Now you know how to get a Jr. Higher's attention! Funny!

  3. Karen Blados // March 25, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

    My mom was the secretary in the Athletic Office of my high school for thirty years. The coaches were always looking for their balls and she would just giggle hysterically — It never got old for her. Especially since it made the coaches stutter, stammer and blush. There's nothing like seeing a former marine football coach blush.

    Thanks for the laugh.

  4. Niki // March 25, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

    haha think what all that coke is doing to your poor insides!! :o)

  5. tammy // March 25, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

    Coke will do that to you. You are so right about being careful of what you say, how you say it and WHERE you say it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :)

  6. Andrea // March 25, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

    AMEN!
    Praying for you! Hope you had an awesome day.
    Hugs, andrea

  7. MageeMommy // March 25, 2010 at 10:22 PM  

    LOL Hilarious!

    Thanks so much for the really nice comment on my blog!!!

  8. Halley // March 25, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

    LOL!!!

  9. Heather // March 25, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

    LOL!! OMG that is to funny!

  10. Bernie // March 26, 2010 at 1:59 AM  

    If this wasn't so sad it would be hilarious.......be yourself and teach the children well....;-) Hugs

  11. Choices // March 26, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

    Wow! Amazing how times have changed and we have to be careful as what we say!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. Theresa Milstein // March 26, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

    That's a great story! How's your Coke habit now?

    I don't go that extreme, but I try to say something outrageous when too many students lose focus. They snap right back to attention. And I think some pay more attention to see if I'll do it again.

  13. ellen // March 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

    I think this is just funny! Not sad or so. And I am glad the students did not just think, oh, whatever! They were shocked, and that is good!
    Have nice weekend!!

  14. Christine // March 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog...I'm going follow you back. I can't wait to read more of your cute and funny stories!

  15. ~J // March 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

    Bwahaha! LOL..that's too funny. I can imagine the looks you got! Great story!

    Returning your Friday Follow!

  16. Yellow House Knits // March 26, 2010 at 1:18 PM  

    Great story!! Thanks for stopping by the Yellow House! Looking forward to reading more of your blog. Have a great weekend!

  17. ModernMom // March 26, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

    Thanks so much for the FF! Following right back")

  18. Charlene // March 26, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

    Friday Following you back :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  19. Coo Coo Courtney // March 26, 2010 at 6:02 PM  

    Friday Follower! I completely understand where you're coming from I love my coca cola and somedays I just crave it all day! LOL but great post glad to meet you!
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  20. Kel // March 26, 2010 at 6:36 PM  

    So sad that the first thing that came to their head wasn't soda. Just swinging by to say Happy Friday!

    Kel
    http://betweenthelines-kam.blogspot.com

  21. Amy // March 26, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

    You know it's funny my students actually listen to my every word just to see if they can catch me in these moments. They ask me if I curse or if I do anything bad. They have caught me slipping once or twice, but I tell them we are all human and sometimes things don't come out quite the way we intended them too. LoL but great post and glad they were completely in shock!

  22. Mrsblogalot // March 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

    HAAAA!!!

    Here from FF! I will remember that tip!!!!

    Hop on over and visit when you can. Would love to have you!

    (-: Melyssa

  23. Rachael // March 26, 2010 at 7:21 PM  

    Too funny!! I am actually pursuing my degree in education right now. Thanks for following my blog...I'm now a follower of yours as well! I'm sure your posts can give me some pointers for when I delve into the world of teaching! Have a great weekend!

  24. mandala // March 26, 2010 at 7:27 PM  

    Following you back :)

    mandalarctic@gmail.com

  25. Jenn // March 26, 2010 at 7:52 PM  

    Thats too funny!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog :)
    Happy Friday and have an awesome weekend!

  26. Kyrstin // March 26, 2010 at 8:52 PM  

    Ha - I love it!! Thanks for following my blog - I am following you back. I look forward to reading more!

  27. Xenia // March 26, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

    Funny! Thanks for stopping by, I'm already following your cute blog! :)

  28. YouthfulTips // March 26, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

    I've made that same mistake with not saying "Coca-Cola!" lol

    Following from Follow Friday :)

    http://youthfultips.blogspot.com
    http://angels4epilepsy.blogspot.com

  29. Tina @ www.commoncentshome.blogspot.com // March 26, 2010 at 9:49 PM  

    Following you back from ff.

    www.commoncentshome.blogspot.com

  30. carissa @ lowercase letters // March 26, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

    friday following you back! i thought i already was following you : ( glad i am now!

  31. Jessie // March 26, 2010 at 10:04 PM  

    Too funny!!

    Thanks for the follow, I'm following back!

  32. The Stanley Family // March 26, 2010 at 10:11 PM  

    Thanks for the follow. Happy to return it! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Savings & Stewardship

  33. Kelly L // March 26, 2010 at 10:22 PM  

    Very Funny - I have a diet Coke habit - and the funny thing - it makes me crave sweets.. oh well.

    I am hosting my first giveaway and I thought you might like it.

    Love to you and Happy Friday!
    Kelly
    http://www.ivebecomemymother.com

  34. Velvet Over Steel // March 26, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

    That is so true and a great example! If only we could hear ourselves sometimes.. we would stop and think more. :-) ~ Coreen

  35. Saving Obsession // March 26, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

    Thank you for the Friday Follow! I'm following you back now!

    Micael :D
    http://www.SavingObsession.com

  36. mamachrista // March 26, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

    Hi back from FF! Thanks for the follow.

    i'm going to school for elementary education so I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say.

    Oh boy, something to keep in mind here ha-ha

    thanks!!
    Christa
    http://learningthriftiness.blogspot.com

  37. Debbie // March 26, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

    Following you back from Friday Follow! Have a great weekend.

  38. Lauri // March 26, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

    Love this story!! I'm following you back from Friday Follow. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to getting to know you through yours.

  39. Luv to Save // March 26, 2010 at 10:49 PM  

    thanks for the follow...following you back

  40. Life Is A SandCastle // March 26, 2010 at 10:56 PM  

    Hi! When you get a chance I've include a little acknowledgement to you at my site as part of a tag. Hope you don't mind.

    http://lifeisasandcastle.blogspot.com/2010/03/tag-i-shot-snake.html

  41. purseblogger // March 26, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

    Following you back from Friday Follow :)

  42. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

    Dear Debbie,

    I know you are right about the coke. It is like I am addicted....ack. I get a headache if I don't drink at least one.

  43. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

    Brenda Susan,

    They were high school juniors and seniors....lol

  44. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

    That is too funny Karen!

  45. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:31 PM  

    Niki,

    I hear what you are saying and I know I ought to stop drinking them...sigh. I would surely lose weight if I did.

  46. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:32 PM  

    Tammy,

    Good point! I should have mentioned where as well.

  47. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

    Thanks so much Andrea! I appreciate the prayers and am thankful that they were answered!

  48. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

    I enjoy reading your blog Magee Mommy!

  49. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:35 PM  

    Glad I could make you smile Halley.

  50. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

    Heather,

    It is funny now....lol. I still have that darn Coke habit though. Unfortunately, I don't like diet...yuck

  51. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

    Thanks Bernie...will do!

  52. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:37 PM  

    Thanks Anne dear!

    Times certainly have changed!

  53. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:38 PM  

    Thanks Ellen! I think I just surprised them when I said it...lol

  54. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

    Thanks Christine! Your girls are beautiful, just like their Mom!

  55. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:42 PM  

    J,

    Watching those jaws drop in unison was a shock for sure.lol

  56. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:44 PM  

    You too Yellow House! Thanks so much.

  57. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:44 PM  

    Thanks a bunch Modern Mom!

  58. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:45 PM  

    Thanks Charlene! Looking forward to reading more of it.

  59. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:46 PM  

    Ah Courtney...diet or regular? Unfortunately, I love regular...sigh.

  60. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

    Have a great week-end Kel.

  61. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:48 PM  

    What grade do you teach Amy?

  62. VKT // March 26, 2010 at 11:57 PM  

    Rachael,

    I would be happy to share anything with you, just let me know.

    Blessings

  63. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM  

    Thanks Mandala. Have a great week-end!

  64. zerohousepaymentforever // March 27, 2010 at 4:37 AM  

    Hi am following you back from Friday Follow.

  65. mrs. parker // March 27, 2010 at 9:12 AM  

    lol- thank god MY addiction is DIET coke. ;) good thing you realized they heard you- that could have been awful if not.

    following you- and on twitter (@lifeisnotalways) via FF. :) I love all things childhood education- so this is a great read!!

  66. Stacey // March 27, 2010 at 9:23 AM  

    that was good!

  67. elizabeth // March 27, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

    I'm following back from ff. So glad to as well...can't wait to read more of what you have to say

  68. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

    Thanks Jenn! I appreciate it!

  69. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:05 PM  

    Thanks Kyrstin,

    I really appreciate it!

  70. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:06 PM  

    Thanks Xenia!

  71. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

    Thanks a bunch Tina!

  72. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

    Glad to hear I am not the only one Youthful Tips!

  73. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

    Thanks Carissa! Have a great week-end!

  74. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

    Glad you enjoyed it Jessie!

  75. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

    Thanks a bunch Stanley Family!

  76. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

    Thanks a bunch Kelly. I just love your blog. I will have to check it out. Blessings!

  77. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

    Thanks Velvet,

    It just showed me how much things have changed over the years. Twenty years people wouldn't have thought twice about that remark.

  78. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

    Thanks Saving Obsession!

  79. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

    Great MamaChrista,

    Let me know if I can ever help in any way!

  80. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

    Thanks a bunch Debbie!

  81. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

    Lauri,

    My sentiments exactly.

    Blessings sweet lady

  82. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

    Luv to Save,

    That is my kind of blog. I look forward to following you.

  83. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

    Why thank you Life Is A Sandcastle!

    I will have to check it out.

  84. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

    Thanks a bunch purseblogger!

  85. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

    Mrs. Parker,

    I have tried and TRIED to drink diet....ptooey!

  86. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:18 PM  

    Thanks a bunch zerohousepayment!

  87. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

    Thanks Stacey dear!

    Have a very blessed week-end special lady)))))))))))))

  88. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

    Thanks Elizabeth,

    Ditto!