I have taught many an in-service workshop in my day but one really sticks out in my mind. I worked really hard to put together a workshop on integrating writing into all subject areas. My audience appeared very enthusiastic and before I knew it, it was time for a lunch break.

All the teachers were back in their seats and ready to continue after lunch. I showed lots of examples and gave each teacher a notebook I had put together for them. When the workshop ended, I felt that they had been a really receptive audience. They applauded and several came up to thank me for my presentation. 
I began putting my materials away when one more teacher approached me. I smiled, waiting for another positive comment, and looked her way. "Did you know that you have a piece of spinach wedged between your top front teeth" she asked.  Sure I did. I ALWAYS get up in front of fifty teachers with a green leaf stuck right where I can show it off. I replied that I didn't and thanked her for telling me. 

I ran for the nearest restroom and yuck! She was right! Why couldn't they have told me sooner! 

Lesson learned: always check your smile after lunch when you are doing a presentation. I learned the hard way!


30 comments

  1. stephanie // March 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

    if it makes you feel any better, i'm the most unobservant person there is and i wouldn't have noticed, even if you were right in front of me.

    maybe there are more people like me in the world and maybe they are kindergarten teachers???

  2. Terri // March 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

    Bless your heart!! That is funny! I know it wasn't at that moment! I have had something similar happen like that and my hubby told me about it when we got home, from church!!! Thanks dear :) You have the cutest stories to tell... please keep it up! I love to read them :) Have a wonderful day! Thanks again for your prayers for my daughter! She did great!

  3. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

    Woooohooooooo Stephanie! I am going to think positive and go with that!!!

  4. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

    Terri,

    I am so glad!!!! Tell her that your Kindergarten teacher is so proud of her!

  5. Heather // March 4, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

    You made me laugh out loud! I ALWAYS check my smile after eating, 'cause I almost always have something stuck in my teeth. If Isabel is with me, I can trust her to tell me the truth.

    How funny...

  6. Choices // March 4, 2010 at 11:56 AM  

    That is a funny story. I laughed out loud. As embarrasing as it was for you to know that you had something stuck in your teeth, that was very bold that a complete stranger told you. Don't you think? I would have been able to tell a friend or my husband, but a complete stranger!

  7. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

    It is now Heather....can you even believe I did that??? ackkkkkkk

  8. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 12:06 PM  

    I think she felt sorry for me Choices...or maybe she just got tired of looking at it...lol

  9. Theresa Milstein // March 4, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

    If I were in your class, I wouldn't have noticed either. Unless I'm wearing my glasses, I can't see that kind of detail. It would be more like, "She's blonde."

    It's good that you can laugh about it. After all, it's happened to all of us.

  10. Kate // March 4, 2010 at 6:51 PM  

    That made me laugh but sounds like the kind of thing I would definitely do too!

    Kate xx

  11. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 7:24 PM  

    Lol Kate. Thanks for the comment!

  12. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

    Theresa,

    I am farsighted as well. Let me tell you, I have a phobia about checking my teeth now though...ack!

  13. Edie Parrott // March 4, 2010 at 7:37 PM  

    I'm sure the only people who would have noticed the spinach were the people on the front row. Now, if you had had a few sheets of toilet paper stuck to the bottom of your shoe, everyone would have noticed! Things can always be worse!

  14. Arizona Mamma // March 4, 2010 at 7:49 PM  

    Oh that is so something that would happen to me!

    Thanks for your comment to me earlier!

  15. My Lipstick Life // March 4, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

    I met my future in-laws with lipstick all over my front teeth & my future hubby said he didn't notice... awful!

  16. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

    Good point Edie!

  17. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

    Arizona,

    You deserve it!

  18. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

    Awwwwww lipstick....that is too funny...now anyway. lol

  19. Mid-Atlantic Martha // March 4, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

    My SIL made a presentation and then realized that she had two different shoes on and they weren't even close! Thanks for your sweet visit to my tablescape this week -- I appreciate it!

  20. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

    Oh wow Martha...too funny!

  21. Barbra Stephens // March 4, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

    LOL...Flawed! I have done something similar to that. I will have to blog about it I guess. I gave a workshop outdoors on "Oudoor Games With Children". I wore my sunglasses because I chose to face the sun & be a good hostess. Everyone smiled politely & asked questions.
    At the end of the workshop I was told I only had one lens in! On one said anything because they thought it had something to do with a pirate theme...

  22. VKT // March 4, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

    Barbara,

    That is too funny! You really ought to blog about it. The pirate thing comment really made me chuckle!

  23. Alicia // March 4, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

    Oh!!! Haha. I can't really think of a time that someone has told me something like that. I can speak of a time that I went out to eat with my husband's family and friends with photographs and all... just to find something green in my teeth in the pictures! More often than not, I will tell me if they may feel embarrassed about something. I still laugh though.

  24. Rene W. // March 4, 2010 at 10:55 PM  

    Oh my gosh - LOL - how embarrasing. I remember that happening to me at a wine-tasting event - I was mortified, but glad that somebody told me about it!

  25. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 8:28 AM  

    It is funny now Alicia! I can just picture me moving from table to table as they were working in small discussion groups flashing green at them!

  26. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 8:29 AM  

    Rene,

    I wish she would have told me before the presentation started again instead of after...lol. It taught me a good lesson though. I always check my teeth after eating now.

  27. L Avery Brown // March 5, 2010 at 5:05 PM  

    Oh no! Well at least you showed them what not to do... But it sounds like it all turned out alright. And they all got new notebooks which is always a plus. I used to love in-services where I any kind of freebie!

  28. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

    Freebies and interesting content are the key, aren't they Avery. Nothing like a little spinach to liven things up as well...lol

  29. Regency Kindergarten // March 6, 2010 at 5:54 AM  

    Funny funny, your post is so fun. Don't worry nobody notice your little thing in your teeth, coz you also didn't notice that a few of your audiences also got the same thing in their teeth. You didn't notice itn right? :)

  30. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

    Too funny regency....good point!