Good morning, everyone! I have the privilege of writing this while monitoring a horde of eighth-grade pre-algebra students. It was actually nice to get up at six in the morning and have something to do. I've been existentially bored recently. Online classes, even if they are convenient, are extraordinarily boring.
You know what? I've always said that I don't want to be a teacher. And I was partially right--I can't stand the thought of working in the public school system. But I have the privilege of subbing at a private Christian school, and working with these kids is a joy and a privilege.
I got to play a game with the fifth graders earlier. Usually, I call it Math War because it resembles the card game War. The kids break up into two teams, and I split a deck of cards in half. The first kid to multiply the cards together keeps both of them, and whoever ends up with the most cards wins. This time, I couldn't find a deck of cards, so I just used multiplication flashcards. It worked just as well.
The best part is, I got to give a prize. Normally, the winner of Math War gets candy. I didn't have anything besides a crushed Twix in my backpack, but the lunchroom sells ice cream. The lunch lady is the easily nicest person I've ever met, and she offered to give her the ice cream for free. (I also got fixed up with a free lunch, even though I left at 10:45 and I'm finishing up the post from the comfort of home.)
This raises another interesting...story? I don't know if you'd call it a story. It's too short. But anyway, as I was trying to leave (the actual math teacher arrived), I realized that my backpack strap--the adjusting ribbon thingy, not the actual shoulder strap--had gotten stuck in the rolling wheel of the teacher's chair.
I tugged. I pulled. I pushed. The darn thing wouldn't budge. Finally, I snipped it off. Part of my backpack is forever a part of the math teacher's chair.
Whenever you say a sentence, there's a good chance that no one in the history of the world has used those exact words in that exact sequence before. The sentence "part of my backpack is forever a part of the math teacher's chair" is definitely one of those sentences. But it's all in a day's work for a substitute teacher. (If I'm lucky enough to work, that is. I'm pretty sure I haven't worked at all in two or three weeks. But that's just part of the gig.)
What's a sentence you've said that you're pretty sure no one's ever said before? Let me know in the comments below! God bless you, dear readers, and don't forget to review us on Amazon!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.