Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Wordful Wednesday

First of all just let me say, I have no business being in an early childhood classroom.

Why, you ask? I have the weakest stomach ever. Boogers, Snot, Accidents, and Sick Kids make my tummy all kinds of queasy. You would think that after five years I would totally get used to it. Nope, not me. While, I love Fall.. I do not love the beginning of sick season. I just get worked up thinking a kid could be sick. I would be mortified to get sick at school due to my weak stomach. Since my kids rarely make it to the trash can....

Or to the bathroom...

This my friend, is a teachers best friend. When one of my little dears loses their lunch.. I grab the quick absorb. Squeeze my eyes shut and start shaking the container in the general vicinity. All the while, my stomach is turning flip flops and I am bargaining with GOD. Please, let this pass please let this pass... Some how this stuff hides the smell and quickly absorbs it. Then the janitorial staff will come and take care of it.. then I spray the lysol and Fabreeze like a crazy woman...lol.


See, my friends, that is exactly why I have no business being in an early childhood classroom...

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Things, I thought I would never hear myself say:

ME: Please, get your meat off your head.

ME: Don't scratch your friends rear.

ME: Please tell me you didn't get that gum from under the bleachers.

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Reasons, I belong in an early childhood classroom:

I love that they love me. I love them too.

I love the excitement they have for everything..

I love introducing them to new things.

I love getting messy with paints.

I love singing silly goofy songs.

I love dancing and laughing with them.

I love their innocence and I try to protect it.

I love that they go home at 3 and their parents have to deal with them after a day full of activities and a sugary afternoon snack..( you love me for my honesty right)

More to come... I am sure..


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73 comments:

Miss Anne said...

:) Your "things I never thought I'd hear myself say" list is hilarious!

:) I bet you are an amazing teacher! Seriously, you have the perfect personality/spirit to enrich their little lives.

:)

Miss Anne said...

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Cecily R said...

I LOVE your 'things I never thought I'd hear myself say' list. AWESOME!!!!

Rhonda said...

That was great! Laugh out loud funny! Especially the bargain with God part! lol

I totally have to get me some of that!

Casey's trio said...

Well your pro list is longer than your con list:) I can only imagine how quick on your feet you must be when you see the bodily fluids coming out!

Good N Crazy said...

I am so addicted to teacher blogs. I stumble U.

Celine said...

LOL! I had such a great laugh reading this post!
What a great way to start my day!

Lacey in the Sky said...

Ahh, yes- I remember this "quick absorb" you speak of from my days in grade school. What is it with little kids? Why can't you tell you're about to spew all over everything child?

latree said...

ooh you are a 'cool' teacher!

sunnyaquarian said...

Very funny! At least you love more than you can't stand, right?! I know that I can't deal with the whole throwing up thing. Mine are old enogh that I tell them they better hit the trash can because I don't deal with chunks. *ick* I am so afraid I will get sick in there, too, one of these days.
Oh, that list of things you never thought you would hear yourself say....isn't it amazing what comes out of your mouth? Very funny! No scratching each other's rears...I love that one!
Happy Wednesday!

stefanie said...

So funny! I never wanted to be a teacher for some of those very reasons, but my OWN kid's bodily excretions only bothered me occasionally. I was quite thankful for that! I'm sure that your littles love you just as much as you love them.

Oh, the smell memory you brought back to me of when somebody chucked and the janitor came with that horrible smelling sawdust stuff. That was worse than what it was supposed to cover up.

lmerie said...

Ha! my youngest was the one always suddenly having gum in his mouth . . . from under tables, chairs, out of an ashtray at the movies one time- YIKES! It was a horrific phase!

Fun post - great list!

Sandy Toes said...

How funny!!!

When I taught school, I couldn't not handle it if kids played or fooled around with their "eyes"...like flipping the lid...AHHHH...-Sandy Toes

Amy said...

At least you know your limitations!!! You sound like a fun early childhood teacher!

A magical WW to you!

Amy said...

LOL!:)

I, too, have a very weak stomach.

I remember being in elementary school when stomach viruses would run their course. Occasionally, someone would not be able to make it to the trash or the bathroom, and they would puke right in the middle of the classroom. Then the teacher would (run like crazy) to get some kind of pink nasty smelling sawdust stuff to throw on top of the vomit. It was so sickening! Is that what is in the container that you showed us a picture of?

With raising two boys....and seeing various amounts of disgusting things, I have bargained with God a time or five myself.;)

I think your reasons of why you belong in an early childhood classroom, far outweigh the reasons that you don't.:)

You are a blessing to each of those children....boogers, snot, and all.;)

Keep up the good work, teacher!:)
God Bless,
Amy:)

Pleasant Drive said...

Ooohh, I'm right there with ya with the whole vomiting thing. In my four years as the teacher of a primary classroom, I've never had a child puke in my room yet, but I'm always fearful :(

valerie said...

Oh, I know....when I used to teach kindergarten and one of the kids would throw up I would start gagging.....I couldn't help myself. That smell!!!
I would feel so bad for them, but I could not get near it! I'd send for the janitor. ;)

And, the snotty noses. I'll never forget one little boy who always had thick runny snot. I remember feeling so sorry for him because I felt like he couldn't breathe & wished he could have allergy shots or something.

Isn't this a lovely topic for early morning? :)

You're a wonderful teacher and I know the kids love you so much. If you were my child's teacher I would feel so blessed to drop them off every day knowing they were in the hands of someone who truly loved their "job."

angie said...

I love that you love to be in the classroom......even if you have to contend with the gross stuff sometimes. :) I don't even like cleaning up my own kids! :)

HiHoOhio said...

Tagged you!! Love the WORDFULNESS of your blog!

Two Peas In a Pod said...

Cute post! :)

Mrs. S said...

way to win the cupcakes & sunshine giveaway!

Melissa Ellen said...

oh man! The things you thought you'd never say - hilarious.

I get queezy with the yucky kiddy stuff too.

You won a giveaway! That's so neat :)

I just laughed so hard at this post - and then I remembered how many times I got sick in school.

:)

sassy stephanie said...

I can deal with MY kids' boogers, not other though. But, I am SO with ya on the puke. ew...can't take it

Straight to Your Hart said...

They are so lucky to have you!! Never Say??? LOL

"J" said...

I'm with you on the whole THROW-UP thing....UGH...it makes me sick thinking about it!!!!! I don't know HOW you do IT?!?!?!? My hats off to you!!!!

jenn3 said...

I love your list. It's great. I dread the flu season too, and I'm not a teacher. Sounds like you make a good teacher, weak stomach or not.

Angie said...

lol..."don't scratch your friend's rear"! That one kills me!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Oh my gosh, I love the things you never thought you'd say. Hilarious!!
Carrie

Liz said...

I worked in a daycare one time and believe me... I feel your pain.

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

I don't think I could clean up other kids throw up. YUCKA! Oh man, I can't even imagine.

Jaysi said...

Fantastic post!! Your kids are so lucky to have you!

Joy said...

Get your meat off you head:)

I love going into my son's class and loved it last year also. But the thought of being in complete control of 20 6yr olds terrifies me. Even though his teacher did leave me in control once last year and I made it and entire hour and a half with no major episodes.

I do however think I would love to be a TA or EA not sure what you call them, I enjoy going to his class and helping the kids with their word lists and such. This is my goal for when #2 starts school in 3yrs.

Joy said...

Oh and I totally can not do big kid vomit either. I gag when my kids throw up.

rachael said...

get your meat off your head...hahaha! i loved that list.

Jennifer said...

Okay - the meat on the head thing - hahahahaha. I was laughing!

Thanks for your comment on my blog yesterday. So sweet and encouraging. I'm glad we're blog friends too!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

great post - very funny! I would never last either! I have the weakest tummy!

New Girl on Post said...

Kids are hilarious! I'm with you on the accidents though. It's all I can do not to throw up when I see someone else throw up.

I bet you are an amazing teacher though!

Faith said...

I am so with you! When I taught pre-school and one of the kids got sick, I had to run out of the room and my poor assistant cleaned it up! I did get some practice first hand a couple of weeks ago when my sweet niece got sick at our house. It's not fun though!

Annikke said...

WHat a fun post! I needed this giggle this morning! Thanks!

Lindsay said...

I think it's awesome how much you love your job...and not the snot. If I could give away anything in parenting, it would be the poop, hands down - so see, you're not the only one!! Even parents don't like it :-)

Lindsey said...

You sound like a great teacher! And I laughed outloud reading the "things I thought I'd never hear myself say"!

Momstart said...

What a nice bathroom

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Oh I love this post. Sorry to hear that you get a quesy stomach but it seems worth it.

Rebecca Taylor said...

This is so funny!!

Deb said...

hysterical! do you think that stuff only works on puke or could i use it for "doggie accidents"?

Melissa said...

I am right there with you with the whole sick thing...I'm so bad about the puke thing that my kids know not to even come around me if/when they aew gonig to do it.... They have to go to the bathroom/trash can...whatever, get it done and then come tell me.... uuuggghhh!! I hate that I am a freak about that!!

Brandy said...

I love the Thing I Never Thought I'd Say list it was too funny.

Amy (Metz) Walker said...

Ha HA ha! Hilarious!

My friend who works at a daycare just told me the janitor had to clean up some poopy fingerpainting this morning...

kelliebean said...

:D LOL! Been there, done that!

When I taught middle school, one of my students threw up in class. All I could do was (as I'm walking very quickly for the door) tell everyone to come outside, send the sick kid to the nurse, and radio for a clean up. We had class in another room for the rest of the period - all because I'm a copycat puker!

Also love your list. You just keep reconfirming what I already knew - you're a rockin teacher!

Simply AnonyMom said...

I wish my DS had a teacher like you. You always crack me up and make your classsroom sound so fun. His teacher (well 2 of the 3) are like sticks in the mud. They do not belong with 4 yr olds. I think you do :)

He And Me + 3 said...

OMGosh! YOu are so funny. I worked in early childhood too until I had my own and then I couldn't handle all the kids..LOL
Seriously, I can so relate to your things I never thought I would say. Don't scratch your friends rear...so funny! Still cracking up. I think I have said that a time or two also.

mommaof4wife2r said...

gross...and let me say, my #2 just puked in the car today. boooo!

Rachel said...

The list of "i never" is rad.

I never thought that kids would stick there hands in there cracks during circle time and then try and touch me.....

Don't ya love em?

BoufMom9 said...

LOL! I don't deal well with sick season either and actually had one of the kids home today because of an "upset stomach". Turns out, he was faking. Ok, so tuth be told, I'd much prefer faking than cleaning puke :)

Michelle said...

Despite your queazy gut, I'll bet you are an awesome teacher! I actually can't stand those things either which is why I was blessed with children that don't vomit. :)

countrygirl3031 said...

Oh Becky...you are toooo funny! I know that it's not funny when the kids get sick, but it's just how you phrased it.

I think my kids would have loved having you for a teacher!

Hugz,
Michele

Sweet Serendipity said...

Great post. Funny!

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

I was a preschool teacher for many years, so I can TOTALLY relate to ALL of it!

Oust covers odors really well too. :0X YUCK YUCK YUCK!

Have a good week!

Jessie said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I totally hear ya on this one. I work at the Boys & Girls Club and well, I am a germ-a-phobe. I don't know how I do it with all the sneezing, wet doorknobs that make you wonder, but there are so many things that are so great about workin' with the kids!!

Kathleen said...

That's great! I too was a teacher before I became a SAHM, and I hated when accidents happened. I totally relate to your bargaining with god about letting you get through it.

Discursivelyhappy said...

Your post are always fun to read. I have 3 kids and I still don't like any of those things and my stomach turns as well. It's funny how we still deal...

Jennifer said...

Love your post! I have a very, very weak stomach as well!! I always enjoying reading what you have to say!! Thanks for being my bloggie friend!!

HeatherY said...

That is hilarious! I needed a good laugh!

Thanks for checking out my blog today! :-)

Smiling Shelly said...

Ah yes, the good old "don't pick his rear" saying. LOL!!!!

Are you kidding me??? They pick OTHER people's rears??? Too Funny!!

Your children are so blessed to have such a wonderful and fun teacher. You are right where you belong. :)

Sarah said...

It is so wonderful to hear how much you love your job...except for the weak stomach part. :) All the things you listd are all the reason why I love being a mom...

Krazy Armstrong K's! said...

great post! love it! lol

Kacey Randolph said...

Aaah! You are too funny and sweet with this post. I bet you are a great teacher and I get that vibe from visiting your blog for the first time! Thanks for visiting mine. Your happy go lucky spirit is just what I needed to read tonight. Thanks! I'll be back!

He And Me + 3 said...

Becky,

You visited my blog and asked what kind of editing tool I use. I use the favorite free tool online called picnik. Go to www.picnik.com it is truly awesome and amazing what you can do with your pictures. It is fun too. Super easy too!

Kelsey said...

I am right there with you on the weak stomach thing!
Never in my life did I think at some point I would be changing diarrhea filled diapers for a living. Thank God she can go to the potty now, that's all I'm saying.

I also have a list of things I never thought I would say. Some of them include,
"Because I said so"
"You can pretend the broccoli is a tree! And you're a giraffe!"
"I'm giving you to the count of 5 and then you're in your room for time out."

And I thought only parents said these things...

Elaine A. said...

Ok, I am fine with my OWN kids bodily fluids but other people's kids? NOT SO MUCH! You're more brave than me for sure!!

Mamarazzi said...

oh i love this post!

HILARIOUS!

i have worked in Early Childhood for almost 17 years. wow i am old!

i currently have my own business developing curriculum for private preschools. good times!

thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your kind words! so sweet!

i added you to my reader and i am now following...i don't wanna miss out on more of your bloggy goodness!

The Treffeisens said...

OKay - if that quick absorb stuff is the same stuff they used to use on the school bus to absorb someone's chuck - then just the smell of that would make me lose it! It's worse than the original problem if you ask me!!!!!!!!!

That being said - early childhood teachers are a gem and I don't know how anyone does it - so kudos to you!

Ronnica said...

"Don't scratch your friend's rear." HAHA.