Monday, October 3, 2016
#Microblog Mondays: Trying Not To Be A Weirdo at Open House
Well, I made it through Open House last week. It was Thursday night (after Pajama Day all day -- so cruel to be cozy and relaxed all day and then get all gussied up for a night of talking to parents) -- THREE HOURS of talking about classes. I managed not to sound like I was high on speed (as has happened in previous open houses) and I had already called all my parents (well, most of them) to let them know about adoption possibility, so that was good.
Two things stood out in the night:
- I got to my classroom at 6 (doesn't start until 6:45 but parking is a beast and the quiet time settles my nerves beforehand) and noticed a hot electrical smell right in front of my desk. I went to find the science teacher down the hall, and he smelled it but it didn't seem too strong. Fast forward a half hour after I run some errands around and stop in with my partner teacher, and the smell is STRONGER THAN EVER and wafting out into the hall, sulphur-heavy and parent-repelling. I had to find the principal and make sure I wasn't about to shut down Open House with an electrical fire in my room. Turns out it was the fan in the SmartBoard projector which had fritzed and overheated, but the room was so stinky and people in the hall were complaining. Good times.
- I had a father come to my 9th period Resource Room, and I had spoken to the mother but wasn't sure if the message was relayed about the adoption, so I brought it up. I said "it isn't a real baby yet" which seemed to throw off the moms in my room (I clarified "by that I mean it's a purely hypothetical baby, ha ha," which I'm not sure helped my case). Then the father offered me A KITTEN -- they have 8 at home apparently. The looks on the moms' faces were hilarious, and I managed not to let any snark come out when I said, "Oh, that's nice -- I have two cats already and I'm pretty sure I want a human baby, but thanks." Okay, maybe a tiny bit of snark. But COME ON.
I didn't run into anyone like in years past who wanted an update on my ENTIRE STORY because I worked with him at another building and sure, talking about my complete inability to as of yet achieve parenthood right before presenting to parents is a GREAT idea, right? It was a responsive group of parents, it was a pretty full group of parents, and it was a pretty decent night. I was thrilled that most of the parents were still older than me (at least by a couple of years). All things considered, it was as good a parent night as I've ever had.
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