"Everything is held together with stories. That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion."
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Something in My Pocket! SOL: 14 of 31
Slice of Life is sponsored every Tuesday by Stacey and Ruth from Two Writing Teachers. For the month of March we are challenging ourselves to write a slice every day.
Here's a tune I composed to celebrate a surprise gift (with apologies to my Brownie troop from many years ago). It's to the tune of "The Brownie Smile." Once you memorize these tunes, they're stuck in your mind forever.
There's something in my pocket
It belongs in my classroom
I keep it very close at hand
For it warms my teacher's heart!
I'm sure you couldn't guess it
If you guessed a long, long while
So I'll take it out and show you
It's two new black markers!
I think you'll need the backstory to completely appreciate this song. On Tuesday I went in search of black markers, but to no avail. None in the storage drawers in our teacher work room, none lying around the library (I considered petty thievery, though I would have left a colored marker in exchange), and none in my next door neighbor's classroom (I asked). I resigned myself to another purchase from my own pocket the next time I went to Office Depot. Sure, I have plenty of other colors, but I like basic black for most of the writing I do on the whiteboards.
On Wednesday, guess who appeared in my classroom waving two black dry erase markers? Yes, my good friend and next door neighbor, Karen! I don't know if she found them or bought them, but her appearance with markers in hand made my day. I stuck one in each pocket and spent the rest of the day humming this old song from my Brownie days - "There's something in my pocket..." and composing lyrics to match today's surprise gift. What fun to count this fellow teacher and next door neighbor as my good friend. Such a small thing to warm my teacher heart!