As long as I can remember teaching kindergarten in the public schools, kindergarten usually had the pleasure of eating lunch first. It felt more like brunch considering we usually had to eat at 10:30 AM and the breakfast crowd had cleared out less than two hours earlier.
I remember one day when I had not had breakfast and was famished. Once I got my students through the line, I pulled out my chair, plopped down at the teacher table, and felt moisture. In fact, I felt a LOT of moisture. I got up and saw a puddle in my chair. The cafeteria manager came out and put her nose down to it and took several sniffs. She declared that it definitely was not apple juice which by that time I had pretty much figured out on my own. It turns out that one of the children who had eaten breakfast earlier couldn't get to the bathroom fast enough. The teachers on lunch duty with me gave me looks of sympathy while  trying to hide the giggles that they were taking great pains to suppress!

I walked bow legged down to the Principal's office to ask if I could go home to change my pants. It was embarrassing to say the least because I remember them being linen and just clinging to my skin. He sat there laughing for a minute and then  declared that in all his years, he had encountered plenty of children that needed to go home to change wet pants. He went on to say that I was definitely the first teacher that had made such a request. I felt so special..............NOT!

This school picture was actually taken later in the day. Needless to say, I was wearing another pair of pants!

93 comments

  1. Michelle // April 17, 2010 at 9:51 AM  

    Yes, the things children do to us while we work for them! lol I'm here to follow you from Friday Follow!

    God Bless!
    Michelle

  2. Debbie // April 17, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

    Better pee than poop!!~ LOL....Oh my you have some stories don't you? Have a great day!

  3. One Savvy Mommy! // April 17, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

    Hi :-)
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  4. waterwaif // April 17, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

    I gotta agree with the "better pee than poop"!!

    Following you through Friday Follow and looking forward to reading your blog!

  5. Margo // April 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

    Too funny! Thanks for visiting my blog. I became a follower of yours! LOL I used to help in my sons Kindergarten class and LOVED it. What a special time in a childs life.... :O)

  6. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

    Thanks Michelle!

    Following you back!

  7. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

    Thirty-four years is a longgggggggg time Debbie...sigh

  8. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

    Thanks Savvy Mommy,

    I am following you back.

  9. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

    Good point waterwaif!

  10. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

    Thanks a bunch Margo. I am now following you as well.

  11. Stacey // April 17, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

    Its about time for you to turn this blog into a book! A must have for new teachers!

  12. Yellow House Knits // April 17, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

    Oh, like so many of your stories, that made me laugh out loud! I agree with Stacey that you have the makings for a great book!

  13. Robin // April 17, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

    Thanks for dropping in on my page via the Friday Follow. I am now following you:-)

    I read several of your posts. I liked the one about your presentation with everything upside down, followed by the visit next day from the superintendent. That was pretty awesome. You "had" most of the people without the visual aid. Your enthusiasm for the subject matter was sufficient. They stopped looking at the overhead. You had one doofus who was OCD and couldn't help himself.

    I also liked this one about sitting in the pee. The opposite end of the spectrum... we all sit in other people's pee sometimes. Not literally, but figuratively. Anyway, I look forward to seeing you again.

    ~Robin

  14. Adrienne // April 17, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

    OH MY ...How crazy ...That is one of those moments you probably want to just erase...

  15. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

    Thirty-four years is a longgg time Stacy...I have just a tad more to share....lol Thanks for your comment!

  16. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:49 AM  

    Awwwwwww thanks Yellow House! I hope you have a wonderful week-end!

  17. Shelly // April 17, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

    Following your blog. :) Have a great weekend.

  18. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

    Thanks Robin! I am following you as well. Have a great week-end!

  19. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

    Adrienne,

    Back then it was embarrassing....if it happened today....pffffft! lol

  20. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

    Thanks Shelly. I am following you back...have a great week-end!

  21. Marla // April 17, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

    What a great story. Hysterical!

  22. Lily Bean Designs // April 17, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I am now a follower! =)

  23. Lauri // April 17, 2010 at 11:20 AM  

    I love your stories. This one cracked me up. Leave it to kids to keep us laughing...even at ourselves.

  24. Julie // April 17, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

    Hi! Thanks for dropping by. I'm following you know. I can't wait to hear more.

  25. Sarah Lindahl // April 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

    Ew, ew, ew! I can see now why teachers get "mental health" personal days!

  26. Bits-n-Pieces // April 17, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

    oh my!! I've had to change pants because of my students before, but not for THAT reason!! lol Bless your heart!!

  27. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

    It is now Marla....at the time...not so much. lol

  28. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

    Awwwwww thanks Lily Bean. I am following you back!

  29. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

    Lol Lauri,

    I wish you could have seen my Principal's expression when I had to ask to go home! How are you feeling?

  30. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

    Thanks Julie! I am following you back!!

  31. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

    See what you have to look forward to Sarah....lol

  32. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

    Bits-N-Pieces,

    Hopefully you never will! I laugh about some of this stuff now but then....I was sooooooo embarrassed!

  33. Debbie // April 17, 2010 at 11:57 AM  

    Oh my goodness! What a story. I bet you hated having to go in and ask to go home.

  34. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

    Lol Debbie,

    Thats putting it mildly!

  35. Shannon // April 17, 2010 at 12:11 PM  

    So funny, and how embarrassing! Thanks for making me smile this morning, and thanks for coming by my blog as well!

  36. Peggy // April 17, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

    Do happy to be a Friday Follower, and thanks for following me:)
    three of my five children are teachers and I tell them all the time to write down all the funny things--too precious to forget sometimes.!!

  37. Heather // April 17, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

    Oh my word...that is too funny.

    Not at the time, I'm sure. But it sure is now :)

    Thanks for sharing even your most embarrassing stories!

  38. MStrickland96 // April 17, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am now following you :)

  39. Tiffanee // April 17, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

    Oh my! Now it is pretty funny but I can only imagine the moment! Thanks for sharing. I really wish my daughter had you for a Kingergarten teacher! You are amazing!! Following you from Friday Follow. Have a great weekend!!

  40. Steadfast Ahoy! // April 17, 2010 at 1:18 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, your blog will be one for me to follow. I love the stories. I still remember by Kindergarden teacher called Miss Parslow. She let me keep the class turtle over the Easter holidays. My mother had a fit. We almost lost it down the kitchen drain, with me screaming and my mother letting out a stream of expletives that ended with "Never, ever again."


    Too bad about those linen pants. Still, pee usually washes out and doesn't stain, right????

  41. jayayceeblog // April 17, 2010 at 1:20 PM  

    Oh, that's awful ... and I'll bet that was a nasty drive home to change!

  42. Frugal Vicki // April 17, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

    Oh Nooooo! Oh, that would have been absolutely horrible!

  43. Buy // April 17, 2010 at 1:51 PM  

    Hello! I got your comment on my blog. I am following you now. Thanks for stopping by mine.

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    Have a great weekend!

  44. Ms. Anthropy // April 17, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

    Yes, yes... much better than poop!

  45. Aging Mommy // April 17, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

    Oh my! If it was my own child I could bear it but another child must feel pretty awful! Although for me the ultimate would be vomit!

  46. joeandbridge // April 17, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

    Hi! Poppin' in from Friday Follow to be your newest google follower! Hooray! Hope you're having a great weekend! Swing by my blog if you have a chance!

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  47. Candi // April 17, 2010 at 3:50 PM  

    Hi! Following you from Friday Follow! Hope you have a great weekend!

  48. Tabatha // April 17, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

    thanks for stoppin by.. im a follower now :)

  49. Rachel W. // April 17, 2010 at 5:57 PM  

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! I love yours, I am your new follower! =)
    Feel free to follow mine if you'd like!

  50. mrs. c // April 17, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

    Ha Ha Ha that sounds exactly like something that would happen to me!! I get stuff all over me all the time that I wear an apron to proctect myself....that would not have helped with the backside!
    YOu just have to laugh about it!
    Have a great weekend!

  51. Bernie // April 17, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

    I didn't know who to feel bad for, you or the child who had the accident....so I felt bad for both of you........makes for a great story though.......:-) Hugs

  52. The Dreamer // April 17, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by on friday follow - I'm your newest follower!

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  53. Nf1andprek-whisper // April 17, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

    following you back from your visit from friday follow I love teachers web and blog pages.

  54. Aunti // April 17, 2010 at 9:11 PM  

    Thank you for stopping by my site! I am following you! I loved your stories! My aunt was a Kindergarten teacher. the kids loved her!

  55. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

    Shannon,

    Your blog is so inspirational. I love visiting.

  56. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

    Thanks Steadfast!

    Following you back. That is one impressive vessel you have!!!

  57. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

    Thanks Jayaycee! Looking forward to reading it. You have some great stuff on there the last two days!

  58. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

    It was humiliating to say the least Vicki...but it taught me to always look before I sit...seriously...lol

  59. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:32 PM  

    Leave it to you to come up with something creative Mrs. A! Lol

  60. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

    Aging Mommy,

    Been there too. I can actually catch it with my hands sometimes....the child gets this funny look and then....well anyway.

  61. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

    Thanks Joeandbridge,

    Looking forward to getting to know you.

  62. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

    Thanks Candi....I am following you back! I hope you are having a great week-end!

  63. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

    Thanks Tabatha! I appreciate it.

  64. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:45 PM  

    I did just that Rachel....thanks a bunch!

  65. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

    Thanks Tabatha..ditto!!!

  66. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

    Lol Mrs. C,

    Who would have ever thought you have to check the chairs in the cafeteria.....well, me I guess....lol

  67. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

    Bernie,

    You are such a sweet person! If you ever come to the states, I would love to have you visit NC. What a treat that would be to meet you dear lady!!

  68. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:04 PM  

    Thanks The Dreamer!!!

  69. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

    Thanks NF1,

    Your blog looks so interesting!!!

  70. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

    Thanks Aunti,

    I look forward to getting to know you!

  71. VKT // April 17, 2010 at 10:07 PM  

    Candace,

    I will be happy to give you any information you want. Have a great week-end!

  72. Aunti // April 17, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

    Thank you for subscribing! Hope your enjoying hubby and Pumpkin This weekend.

  73. Xmas Dolly // April 18, 2010 at 12:14 AM  

    Oh my, I know I shouldn't laugh, but girlfriend that had to be so embarrassing to say the least, and totally... totally... but what I want to know is did you ever find the culprit??? Thanks for stopping by. Always glad to meet a fellow-tomboy & softball player. :-) Enjoy your weekend.

  74. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} // April 18, 2010 at 12:34 AM  

    Oh my goodness, what a story!! I think I would have been mortified.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog for New Friend Friday!

  75. VKT // April 18, 2010 at 3:16 AM  

    Thanks for returning the favor Michele!

  76. Christine // April 18, 2010 at 3:17 AM  

    Talk about a nightmare! Thanks for making me smile...AND thanks for visiting my blog!

  77. VKT // April 18, 2010 at 3:58 AM  

    Dear Christine,

    I will take my nightmare over that humdinger you had. Bless your heart@@@

  78. Mommy Rubz // April 18, 2010 at 4:06 AM  

    Thank you very much for visit, VKT.

    When I read your post, you made me laugh. I do get that all the time when my two older children were younger and I think I am about to experience it again with my youngest. LOL!!

  79. Heather // April 18, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

    LOL!! And here I thought moms were the only ones to "stick there nose down in it" HAHA!!

    Glad you were able to change your pants!

  80. Andrea // April 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

    Oh man that is too much! Glad they let you go home :-) THanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower :-)

    www.lilkidthings.com

  81. ellen // April 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM  

    Oh my gosh, this is hilarious. I can imagine you just wanted to go home and get a shower and clean clothes. I hope the chairs has been cleaned by now :-)

  82. VKT // April 18, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

    Aww MommyRubz,

    Your children are absolutely precious. I love the picture of you with them on your blog!

  83. VKT // April 18, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

    Following you back Andrea! Thanks a bunch!

  84. Kelly L // April 18, 2010 at 4:53 PM  

    You poor thing... Kids sure teach us patience..

    Love to you

    Kelly

  85. VKT // April 18, 2010 at 7:41 PM  

    Thanks Kelly, you sweetie pie you!

  86. Khrys { Mom of 3 Dolls } // April 18, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

    Once in awhile I get peed and just got pooped on a couple of days ago! Life as a peds nurse :)

  87. VKT // April 19, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

    I guess I should consider myself lucky then eh Khrys...lol

  88. Theresa Milstein // April 19, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

    Oh my! It's so funny at that age because they don't want to tell anyone when they've had accidents. They often wait until they're asked to admit it.

    I love how you get through it all with good humor!

  89. VKT // April 19, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

    Theresa,

    What else could I do? I got kidded about my wet pants for weeks! It was a little hard to miss as I made my way to the office. Thankfully, I walked to work. My apartment was about 1/2 mile from the school.

  90. Tree // April 19, 2010 at 7:24 PM  

    OH NO!! How funny (ahem...I'm not laughing) is that!! LOL Sounds like something I've had to endure in my own household. tee hee

    By the way....I FINALLY finished your button. :) I will be emailing it to you in just a bit.

    Tree

  91. VKT // April 19, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

    Tree!

    Good to see you sweet lady! I blogged about you one day! Thank you so much for doing that!!!!!!!!!! What a dear you are!!!!

  92. Anne - Mommy Has to Work // April 20, 2010 at 8:11 PM  

    from friday follow
    I'd love to follow - I've always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher - it will be nice to hear stories.
    http://mommyhastowork.blogspot.com

  93. VKT // April 21, 2010 at 7:28 PM  

    Thanks Anne,

    Its a great job! Looking forward to getting to know you.