Okay, I can't not tell you another funny experience in my classroom. This one ought to get at least a smile out of you.

 Around eight years ago, I had an adorable blond, blue-eyed girl come up to my desk and hand me a paper plate first thing in the morning. I asked her what the plate was for and she explained to me that she had swallowed a marble the night before. She went on to say that her mother wanted me to go with her every time she went to the bathroom to see when the marble came out. Now, I truly try to accommodate the parents in my classroom, but I draw the line at looking for swallowed marbles. I handed her back her plate and explained that I would be unable to accompany her. I also told her to have her Mom call me if she had any questions. 

Evidently, the marble was retrieved that night at home or that's what she told me the next day.


  1. L Avery Brown // March 3, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

    HAHAHA!!! That did make me smile. Good one!

  2. Anonymous // March 3, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

    this is funny! hahaha

  3. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 10:10 AM  


    The things teachers are asked to do! lol

  4. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 10:11 AM  

    It is now Mie! lol At the time, I couldn't believe her Mom wanted me to do that.

  5. Theresa Milstein // March 3, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

    I can't believe this story! I'm stuttering for the right words here. The worst part is that she wanted you to do it. If it was so important, the little girl should've stayed home. The second-to-worst part is she made the girl tell you. Was she too embarrassed to call? If it's too hard to make the call, maybe you know you're asking for too much. And how about getting a nurse involved instead?

    I have a feeling in my whole teaching career I'll never be able to top this for a clueless parent story.

  6. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM  


    Trust me! You will. I don't know what it will be or what it will entail, but one of these days, you will be blogging about it. lol

    I thought it was a hoot that the Mom never called me about it. I think she knew that perhaps she asked just a tad too much! lol

  7. Sarah Lindahl // March 3, 2010 at 10:38 AM  

    I am sitting here with my mouth hanging open.... what was the plate for? Chopping?

  8. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 10:49 AM  

    I think it was catching the marble when it came out. That was my assumption anyway...lol

  9. missy // March 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM  

    YIKES!!!!!! And what did they expect you to do with the marble!?!?!?? :)

  10. Deborah // March 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

    I couldn't even imagine! Very funny story!

  11. Jo // March 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

    That was a scream! Probably literally for the little girl, too--yikes! Poor thing!

    Thanks for sharing your life as one a dedicated teacher -- people like you should be commended every day.

    Peace and serenity,

  12. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

    Lol Missy! I never thought about that. It would have been a good question for the Mom if she ever called me but she didn't.

  13. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

    Lol Deborah...me either.

  14. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

    Lol Jo!

    Peace and serenity to you too sweet lady!

  15. Dustine // March 3, 2010 at 2:05 PM  

    LOL!! Great "hump day" story! I'll have to share with my teacher friends.

  16. WhisperingWriter // March 3, 2010 at 2:41 PM  


  17. Stacey // March 3, 2010 at 3:10 PM  

    Good thing she didn't bring it back for show and tell!
    And I said a prayer for you!!

  18. Ginger Snaps // March 3, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

    HAHA that is awful! What parent would ask their child's teacher to do that!?

  19. Choices // March 3, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

    That story made me laugh. Although, I am sure you didn't laugh when you were approached with this plate.

  20. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

    Lol Dustine!

    Tell them to beware of students bearing a single paper plate!

  21. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

    Lol Stacey!

    Thank you so much!!!

  22. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

    Ginger Snaps,

    I agree! Good thing she didn't call me to ask me why I wouldn't...lol. I think she knew better.

  23. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

    Lol choices...me too....now! lol

  24. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 5:25 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by Whispering!

  25. Edie Parrott // March 3, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

    Do you think the child got something mixed up? I just find it hard to believe a parent would ask this and then never call or follow up.

  26. Ronnie // March 3, 2010 at 6:14 PM  

    What a great idea for a blog! Bless your heart, veteran kindergarten teacher. What would the world be without you.
    Thanks for the moral support on the stupid BEE CAR!

  27. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 8:00 PM  

    I don't know Edie. My assistant and I couldn't believe it either but she handed me the plate and told me that it "came out last night". I won't be calling her Mom now...she is in middle school...lol

  28. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 8:00 PM  

    Thanks Ronnie. Thanks for commenting.

  29. Thoughtfully blended hearts // March 3, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

    I can't wait to tell my best friend's daughter about your blog. Katie is a first year kindergarten teacher in a small town in Arkansas. In keeping up with her, I've laughed and almost cried with her during this year.
    Great blog!!!
    Thanks for the kind comments on my blog!!!

  30. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 8:48 PM  

    Bless her heart! Tell Katie to let me know if I can help her!

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  32. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 9:24 PM  

    Thanks Pinky!

  33. Anonymous // March 3, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

    Oh yuck! hehe

    ps And you're certainly not 'over the hill'!! haha

  34. VKT // March 3, 2010 at 10:14 PM  

    Lol....thanks Niki!

  35. Cindy Geilmann // March 3, 2010 at 11:55 PM  

    I wouldn't have done that either. Really, who would ever expect someone to do that?

    I will be posting some of the prizes for my drawing. I will be drawing a name out of my followers.


  36. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 12:03 AM  

    Thanks for taking the time to comment Cindy!

  37. Missy // March 4, 2010 at 6:25 AM  

    I'm linking to your site today - sharing your great comment from the ohter day.

  38. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

    Thanks Missy!

  39. Anne // March 4, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

    As a mother of a child in kindergarten, I have a WHOLE NEW appreciation for teachers! This story takes the cake.

    I love your blog! Thanks for sharing, and THANK YOU for doing all that you do.

  40. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 12:04 PM  

    Thanks for your sweet comment Anne!

  41. Bernadine // March 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

    Oh wow. LoL. That is certainly outside of the bounds of your duties. LoL. I bet that you have heard many wonderful, crazy, and silly things being a kindergarten teacher. That's such a wonderful, yet very interesting age.

  42. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 10:18 PM  

    That I do Bernadine!

  43. ellen // March 5, 2010 at 12:52 AM  

    This is indeed a nice, short story that makes people smile. So cute and innocent is the girl. The mom actually is also innocent to ask you this. She must have realized it probably later what she had asked! :-)
    Have a great weekend!

  44. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 8:25 AM  

    Thanks Ellen, you too!

  45. MageeMommy // March 6, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

    LOL!!!! Thanks so much for visiting! I'm following you blog now. TOO FUNNY!

  46. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 2:50 PM  

    Thanks MageeMommy!

    I am following you too!