Kindergarten teachers are notorious for multitasking. One year another Kindergarten teacher walked next door to my classroom to ask me for instructions on an art project. She had seen it drying in the hall and wanted to give it a try with her class. Since her students were having rest time, she thought she could steal a few minutes to come over to my room to ask about it. While she walked down the hall, she reapplied her lipstick.

When she entered my classroom, my assistant and I both doubled over in laughter. I can't remember when I have laughed so hard. My students, who were resting, popped up and started laughing too. They had no idea what they were laughing at but they did not want to miss out on the fun. Get a mental picture in your head of the three year old that gets hold of Mommy's lipstick and applies it herself. Now substitute my teacher friend for the three year old. Talk about missing the mark. We all three were reduced to a pile of giggles along with my class who was laughing hysterically in the dark at they knew not what. We laughed so hard we cried. The assistant Principal picked that moment to enter the classroom. I guess he wanted to check out what all the ruckus was about. He took one look at her and he started laughing too.

If you want to read some great posts about lipstick by another teacher, head on over to My Lipstick Life.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowlege.
                                                                                                -Albert Einstein


  1. Edie Parrott // March 6, 2010 at 11:29 AM  


  2. Michelle // March 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

    what a wonderful blog you have! I will be back youngest starts kindergarten in the fall. It will be good to understand more from the teacher perspective!

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog! :)

  3. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

    It was at that Edie!

  4. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

    Thanks Michelle!

  5. Choices // March 6, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

    Love to come to this blog. You have such funny stories to share.
    Did you finally tell her what you were laughing at?

  6. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM  


    She was like the kids. She doubled over with laughter and had no clue what she was laughing at. We all had tears in our eyes as we finally guided her to a mirror.

  7. Theresa Milstein // March 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

    That's too funny!

    I had a sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Kramer, who could apply lipstick without looking. It was a bright pink that clashed with her red hair. I'm more talented at choosing flattering colors, but I can't apply lipstick without a mirror to save my life! If I did that as a sub, I'd never be called back.

  8. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 4:25 PM  

    Me either Theresa!

  9. Connie Weiss // March 6, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

    Please tell me that was not my friend Tina.

  10. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

    Lol it wasn't Tina! So there are other teachers out there who put their lipstick on while they walk down the hall? No

  11. Sarah Ruth // March 6, 2010 at 5:24 PM  

    Oh that is too funny!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm hoping to post more wedding pictures soon! But I still haven't gotten them yet! I've been waiting for a month & a half!

  12. Peggy // March 6, 2010 at 6:02 PM  

    Blessings Veteran Kindergarten Teacher, I'm laughing all over just thinking about this...I was going to say imaging this but your words too clearly paint the picture. I was a Kindergarten teacher also and loved it. I do not remember any such "tall tales" from my years.

    Thanks for visiting my other blog "Missions" which caused me to come here on just the right day for some laughter. It's good medicine. What
    a fun place to be! I'm so glad everyone got a laugh otta it; including the AP!

    I have no idea how you found my post on Missions but I'm so glad that you did. I've bookmarked you to enjoy.

  13. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 8:27 PM  

    Let me know when you do Sarah Ruth! I would love to see them!

  14. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

    I am not sure either Peggy, but I am glad I did. Blessings!

  15. Tales From My Empty Nest // March 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM  

    Thanks for visiting. I taught for 16 years. 5 as an associate in kindergarten and 11 as a lead teacher to 3 year olds. I am now a professional Nanny. Yes, I am an empty nester. My oldest daughter is married and my youngest daughter is a junior in college. Love & blessings from NC!

  16. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 10:32 PM  

    Delighted to know you Empty Nest!!!!

  17. Debbie // March 7, 2010 at 1:05 AM  

    This is hilarious! Why because I always apply my lipstick without looking in the mirror...good gravy I have been walking around like this for years!!~

  18. John Spencer // March 7, 2010 at 7:55 AM  

    Hilarious! I love this story. We've all had moments like this that were so humiliating and so funny at the same time.

    A few years back, I colored on a fake mustache for a video my students were doing. I forgot to wipe it off and ended up going to a district meeting with it on.

  19. Tracie // March 7, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

    I've been in her shoes before. That's just how I roll.

  20. halpey1 // March 7, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

    Oooh - this is precisely why I plant my butt in my chair in front of my class during quiet time and take my OWN quiet time... well this and the fact that I need a rest as badly as they do. :)

  21. VKT // March 7, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

    Lol John. That is too funny!Did somebody finally point it out to you?

  22. VKT // March 7, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

    Lol Tracie, I usually forget to wear the stuff so I haven't been there yet.

  23. VKT // March 7, 2010 at 12:51 PM  


    I remember one year when my assistant fell asleep doing precisely that. The only reason we knew is that she snores. Have you ever seen an adult snore while sitting straight up? Too funny

  24. VKT // March 7, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

    Ah Debbie! I bet you have it down to an art form now! Thanks for commenting!

  25. Marla // March 7, 2010 at 1:27 PM  

    Too funny! I could easily picture it.

  26. VKT // March 7, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

    It was pretty funny Marla!

  27. LouAnne // March 7, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

    That's hilarious!!! I can only imagine! :-D

  28. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 7:32 AM  


    When she saw herself, she laughed until she cried!