Well, today was my first day in my classroom. I moved rooms at the end of last year. Wait, move is a little strong; I jammed everything I own into the empty spaces in closets and shelves in a desperate June frenzy, anxious to get to the bar and have an end of the year cocktail. Does that paint a better picture of what I came in to today?
I am so exhausted after ten hours of schlepping boxes and such that I’m not even sure that I can write a coherent post. And I think I might still be a little high from all the bleach. Yes, I spent the better part of today bleaching all my classroom furniture because most of it was COVERED in mouse poop and even some pee. The pee was something special…I’ve never had that before. Needless to say, I’m dirty, sore and disgusted. But I think I made some good progress.
Just a quick mouse story before I pass out face down in my wine. I was sitting quietly at a group of desks, making a MASSIVE To Do list (oh, how I love a good list!). Everyone was busy in their own rooms, so it was one of those rare times during those first few days when I get to be all by myself in my classroom. No one dropping off boxes of crap I don’t feel like organizing. No one stopping in to say hi and then talk for an hour as I repeatedly try to sneak looks at the clock. No one coming by to see if whose room is looking farthest along. I was alone. All alone. Or so I thought…
As I was scribbling down a reminder to put new labels on my book baskets, I heard a scratching noise from the back of the room. I quickly looked up only to see a lump under the background paper on one of my bulletin boards. WTF?
I got up to take a closer look as the lump continued to move spastically all over the wall. Seriously, WTF?
As I reached the back wall, the lump rose closer to the edge of the paper and out popped two ears and some paws. Let me say that again. OUT POPPED TWO EARS AND SOME PAWS!!!!! The ears and paws were quickly followed by some eyes and a nose. I’m not sure what my furry friend did next, because I ran screaming down the hall and decided it was time to just go home.
I’ll let you know if he comes back tomorrow.