My class shares a bathroom with the kindergarten class next door which means the doors on both sides need to be locked....and then unlocked. In the event that someone forgets to unlock one side, the next nearest bathroom is down the hall. For a kindergartner or ahem.. teacher, who suddenly realizes that they waited just a tad too long to go to the bathroom, the distance can be excruciating!!! 

Today, while I was talking to my assistant, I opened the bathroom door on our side only to find that it was already occupied. I don't know who was more surprised...me or the little boy from next door! "Hey" he yelled as he desperately attempted to hide himself "somebody is in here!!!" I quickly closed the door and told him that I hadn't realized he was in there since the door on our side was unlocked.  Bless his heart, I remember once when I had the same thing happen to me........
 
In one  elementary school I worked in about twelve years ago, we had a single restroom in each kindergarten classroom. I don't have to explain  to anyone who has been a kindergarten teacher why this arrangement works better. Kindergartners get so wrapped up in what they are doing that they have been known to take flight in the middle of an activity when they realize that nature calls. There were no locks on the doors so that a child wouldn't accidentally lock themselves in.

One afternoon, right after my assistant had taken our  students out for recess, I decided to slip into the restroom since I had a few minutes to myself. I had been in there all of ten seconds when someone began pushing the door open. They pushed hard!!!!  I yelled "Hey! Wait a minute! Someone is in here!" and pushed back with all my might. A child in my classroom, who I will refer to as D, yelled back "Well, move over! I gotta go bad!"  Evidently he had waited until he couldn't wait any longer before running back into the classroom. We continued to have a shoving match with the door. Can you picture a teacher desperately trying to put herself back together while trying to keep a five year old out who just as desperately wants to get in? It wasn't a pretty picture.  After that, I always managed to wait until I got to the faculty lounge before I used the facilities.

  When I accidentally walked in on the poor little guy today, I know just how he felt!



On a side note, my blogging buddy Shell at Things I Can't Say has a precious little boy named Mason who is in a baby contest. If you are so inclined, she would love it if you would go and vote for him. It is really easy...you just click where she shows you to or click on his name .....and voila! He is Mason Samuel and he is on the fifth row.

73 comments

  1. Debbie // May 4, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

    hey when you gotta go you gotta go lol!~ That is funny though....good thing little ones really do not get embarrassed at that age!

  2. Oka // May 4, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

    I really can't remember the last time I've had true restroom privacy. Of course, the lack of privacy is to my family, not students (or strangers). Although I can't tell you how many times my Bubby has tried to share his mommy with the world when we are at a public restroom.

  3. Megan // May 4, 2010 at 10:17 PM  

    Haha! This seriously made me laugh out loud! I think we all have had a similar experience.

  4. jayayceeblog // May 4, 2010 at 10:17 PM  

    I can't even imagine only one bathroom for each classroom. Seems like when one has to go, it starts them all thinking about it at once.

  5. Leslie, the Home Maker // May 4, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

    I just had to laugh.
    And laugh.
    And laugh.
    Your descriptions did it!
    What an adventure!
    ~Blessings to you!
    :D

  6. RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild // May 4, 2010 at 10:46 PM  

    Yeah, I definitely remember my teaching days and that it's all about the potty for the little - and, ahem, bigger - kids.
    Cheers,
    Robyn

  7. Annesphamily // May 4, 2010 at 11:04 PM  

    You are a hoot! I love these stories but I had a similar experience at my office. We are the only office in the building who has a private restroom and the door is heavy but it locks! Our audiologist had a patient and she does 2 hrs. of testing so the patient took a break. The lady did not lock the door and I went bursting in. She was standing there is her black bikini underwear! Not a picture I want embedded in my brain! LOL! Anne

  8. midwest mama // May 4, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

    I have those shoving matches daily (grin).

  9. Shell // May 4, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

    OMG, that is too funny! We had shared bathrooms the year that I taught third grade and even then, my little ones would walk in on each other, needing to go NOW.

    It was much better when we had our own bathroom in my fifth grade class. Though, my kids that year were hilarious- we were in a trailer(which I actually loved) and the kids came up with their own rule- they could pee in the bathroom in our class, but they needed to go inside to the other restroom if they *ahem* were going to stink up our trailer.

    Thanks so much for the shout out for Mason! :)

  10. Vicki // May 4, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

    I love stories like these. They warm the heart!

  11. Messy Mommy // May 4, 2010 at 11:48 PM  

    Oh how funny! If I haven't told you. I LOVE your blog!!!! I have an interview on Friday for a kindergarten teaching position and this is my go to place for advice and just someone to relate to. Thanks!

  12. Ms. Anthropy // May 5, 2010 at 12:23 AM  

    How I hated bathrooms at school!

  13. Teachinfourth // May 5, 2010 at 12:26 AM  

    There's nothing quite like empathy is there?

  14. Cheeseboy // May 5, 2010 at 1:17 AM  

    This story is awesome! Kids don't care if they walk in on you, but if they get walked in on, it's the most embarrassing thing in the world.

  15. RosieP // May 5, 2010 at 2:29 AM  

    Brilliant, I can see it now.

    Hugs RosieP x

  16. Bernie // May 5, 2010 at 2:48 AM  

    The link doesn't work sweetie..xo

  17. Bernie // May 5, 2010 at 2:48 AM  

    I have experienced a similar experience, still feel embarrassed when I think of it.
    I will go vote for your friends baby.....big hugs....:-)

  18. Mr. Stupid // May 5, 2010 at 3:12 AM  

    LOL. That was funny. Having no locks can be an issue. But its a good measure to keep kids from locking themselves in.

    I was once stuck in my School in a bathroom. They had to drill a hole through the door. My entire class was outside cheering!

    Just found your blog. Have an awesome day...:)

  19. Jocelyn // May 5, 2010 at 6:54 AM  

    This post made me smile today!!!!

    Have a great day today and thanks for sharing with all of us!!!

  20. Choices // May 5, 2010 at 9:12 AM  

    That is so embarrassing! The funny thing is that I can truly understand how you feel, that has happenned to me during my teaching career. Moments you never forget!

  21. T.J. // May 5, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

    you know, I had an experience or two like that in the classroom. Thought it was all over and done with once I stopped teaching... then I had my son :)!!!!!

  22. Marlene // May 5, 2010 at 10:10 AM  

    "Well move over, I gotta go" had me laughing out loud!!!

  23. Yellow House Knits // May 5, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

    Oh my, this had me laughing OUT LOUD. I've said it before, but I really think you have the makings for a book!

  24. ~J // May 5, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

    Bwhahaa! Oh those bathroom experiences are simply the worst! My son won't use the school bathroom because some kid 'peeped' under his stall once...he was traumatized! Great post...and I voted for Mason--what a doll!

  25. ellen // May 5, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

    This was really funny, I can picture you sitting their, trying to get decent again :-) What a perfect way you described it!
    Have a great day!

  26. Aging Mommy // May 5, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

    I have that battle with the door on our bathroom toilet every day with my daughter - not because she needs to go, no she just wants to stand and watch! Great stories as always

  27. Adrienne // May 5, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

    how funny ...nothign like invading the bathroom while someone else is busy going ...

  28. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

    Hmmmmmmmmm....Debbie.....the little guy yesterday turned a pleasant shade of red when I walked in on him...bless his heart.

  29. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

    Oka,

    That is absolutely hilarious. Bless little bubby's heart for wanting to share.

  30. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 5:57 PM  

    Thanks Leslie....and to you as well!

  31. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

    Jay,

    We have one bathroom between the two classrooms...lol

  32. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

    Lol Megan,

    I can laugh now, but back when the second incident happened, I was surprised that I could bend my body like a pretzel trying to keep him out and put me together....lol

  33. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:00 PM  

    Lol Robyn.....twould be nice to have one just for the big kids 21 and over...sigh

  34. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:00 PM  

    Lol Robyn.....twould be nice to have one just for the big kids 21 and over...sigh

  35. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:01 PM  

    Lol Anne,

    Now its my turn to laugh out loud...that is hilarious. I don't think I would want that implanted on my brain either.....lol

  36. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:01 PM  

    Lol Midwest Mama! I bet you do.

  37. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:02 PM  

    Lol Shell....very good planning on the ahem teacher's part. I was happy to do it. I want the little guy to win!!!

  38. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:03 PM  

    Awwwww thanks Vicki! Have a great day and thanks for your comment.

  39. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

    Messy Mommy,

    Let me know if you need anything at all. I will gladly send it...lesson plan samples, newsletters, you name it...and you are welcome to change anything and put your name on it. I am happy to share.

  40. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:05 PM  

    I can understand why Ms. A!!!!

  41. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:06 PM  

    Absolutely ,Teaching in Fourth!

  42. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

    Lol cheeseboy,

    You are right. When can we expect another post from the cheesy one? I love your blog!!!!

  43. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

    Oh goodness Rosie....I hope not!

  44. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:09 PM  

    Thanks for your sweet comment Bernie....I fixed the link! Thanks for pointing it out!

  45. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

    Wow Mr. S,

    That tops my story for sure. You ought to blog about that!

  46. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

    Thanks for your comment Jocelyn. Have a great day!

  47. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:12 PM  

    Really Choices? It sounds like more people have had a similar experience than I realized. Thanks for your comment my blogging friend)))

  48. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:12 PM  

    Lol T.J.,

    Too funny!!!

  49. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

    Ahem Marlene,

    I wonder how much you would have laughed if you had been twisting yourself like a pretzel to keep a desperate five year old out....lol


    kiddddddddddding

  50. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:14 PM  

    Lol Yellow House,

    I am glad you like it. It is fun to look back over so many years and remember these things happening!

  51. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:15 PM  

    Lol ~J,

    That is a big no no. They all get so embarrassed by that. Your son is certainly not alone!

  52. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:15 PM  

    Lol ~J,

    That is a big no no. They all get so embarrassed by that. Your son is certainly not alone!

  53. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

    Aw thanks Ellen,

    How are you today my sweet blogging buddy!

  54. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

    Aging Mommy,

    You keep me in stitches. I love reading about your family! You have such a way with words.

  55. VKT // May 5, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

    I hated it Adrienne,

    Today I decided that I am going to knock first and see if someone answers....we also talked to the kids about remembering to lock both doors.

  56. JDaniel4's Mom // May 5, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

    I feel for you. Teachers don't get to go to bathroom often.

  57. Sarah // May 5, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

    Cute story! I work with young children so I've a few stories of my own. Some things never change!

  58. mrs. c // May 5, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

    We don't have a bathroom in our classroom so we have to go to the big one down the hall. I always go into the bos bathroom with my guys and so many times the "big boys" come in! i tell them watch out, Mrs. C is in the house!

  59. GardenofDaisies // May 5, 2010 at 11:45 PM  

    OH the potty adventures of a kindergartener. You gotta smile! That is like being in the last available stall in a public restroom, where the door doesn't latch properly, and so you try to sit on the toilet with one leg reaching out and jammed against the door to keep it closed... LOL!! It's harder than it sounds. Guys have it easy!

  60. Dr. Heckle // May 6, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

    I had a waitress walk in on me in the bathroom. Evidently she was stocking paper towels or something, but the way that the door opened up, there was no chance for her to not see me standing there at the urinal in all my glory...

    Luckily, we were just sitting down to our table when that happened so I got to see her for the next couple hours while we ate dinner. :P

  61. Tracie // May 6, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

    My kids do that to me all the time at our house. So funny!

  62. yonca // May 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM  

    That is a funny story! Lol, good thing, they don't really get embarrassed at that age so much.

  63. Theresa Milstein // May 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM  

    I laughed reading the entire post! Kindergartners almost always wait until it's an emergency.

    Until my daughter turned six, when we were home and she had to go, she'd always start pulling down her pants on the way to the bathroom. No amount of reminding her that pants at her knees would make her walk SLOWER could convince her to stop the habit. I asked at school but (thankfully) she didn't do it there!

  64. VKT // May 6, 2010 at 6:12 PM  

    We are experts at bladder control JDaniel's Mom...lol

  65. VKT // May 6, 2010 at 6:12 PM  

    Lol Mrs. C,

    That is so funny!

  66. VKT // May 6, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

    Lol Sarah,

    I imagine you do. You ought to blog about them sometime!

  67. VKT // May 6, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

    Bless her heart Dr. Heckle.

  68. VKT // May 6, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

    lol Tracie...thanks for sharing.

  69. VKT // May 6, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

    You are right Yonca....bless their little hearts!

  70. VKT // May 6, 2010 at 6:31 PM  

    Lol Theresa,

    It has ALMOST happened here a time or two...luckily the child remembers where they are in the nick of time....or with a gentle reminder from the teacher...lol

  71. Bits-n-Pieces // May 8, 2010 at 9:22 AM  

    oh my! lol We are so lucky at my school. We are a K-4 bldg, with 80 classrooms, and we are blessed enough to have TWO bathrooms in EACH class. one for boys, and one for girls! But I have been at other schools that had to share 1 bathroom b/t 2 classes.

  72. DUSTINE // May 10, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

    Oh...I think the WORST is at an amusement park or somewhere else in public (like a concert or theater) where there are LARGE CROWDS...and you wait and wait either because you don't want to leave the fun, or you are thinking of a time that shouldn't be too busy in the bathroom --- but lo, and behold, you get in the bathroom REALLY having to go and there's a line a mile long!! *Raising Hand* been there many times!!!

  73. Frugal Vicki // May 11, 2010 at 3:53 PM  

    This is absolutely hilarious! I think we should probably institute a closed door policy in our house....our son doesn't seem to have a problem just walking in on anyone!