Look Out!

PHOTO PROMPT © Jennifer Pendergast

(This picture immediately took me back nearly 30 years, when I was teaching high school English and history. My story today is true, and It still makes me smile. Keeping it under 100 words will truly be a challenge! Names have been changed to protect the guilty.)

(By the way, I clicked the wrong pic for the link page. It was just above the one I usually post. I decided to let it be. I can hardly remember being that young! High school grad pic. Age 17, 56 years ago!)

Mrs. K was short. Ronnie was a tease.

One day, she went back into her classroom after lunch to find that there was double-wide masking tape on the carpet, running like a road between the rows of desks. He had inked the tape into lanes, and had set up stop signs. There were several matchbox cars and trucks on the road.

Ronnie was on his hands and knees, directing traffic. As I entered the room, he hollered, “No! Mrs. K, don’t cross there! A big truck is coming. . . . . .LOOK OUT! NOOOOooooooo!

He was very pleased with himself. 🙂

47 thoughts on “Look Out!

      1. There were really very few truly bad kids. I can think of only one, in all my years of teaching, that I would have considered just a rotten kid. Most of them, if they stepped out of line, were just having a bad day 🙂

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  1. Clever little Ronnie, and he must have known his teacher’s sense of humor would keep him out of trouble! Delightful. I imagine you could tell a million more stories from your experiences as a teacher and I wouldn’t mind hearing them but keeping it under a hundred words would be a challenge. Loved your cute high school picture too, Linda. 🙂💜

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    1. Ronnie was about 15 when he pulled this ut the kids I taught. And yes, I could tell stories for hours about my students. It wasn’t always fun, always easy. But every day had new challenges, and most of the time there was laughter during the course of the day.

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  2. Lovely profile picture, and what a beautiful story. He obviously cared for you, trying to save you from the truck like that. Those are the relationships that make it worthwhile, for the kids as well as the teachers.

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  3. What a lovely and fun story, especially since it is true. I can’t imagine anyone doing sth like that at the highschool (equivalent) I went to as a 15-year-old. It’s great that you had such great chemistry with the kids. And what a cute picture in the inlinkz.

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  4. Dear Linda,

    Weren’t you just the cutie at 17? Love it. As for Ronnie, it sounds like he kept his teacher entertained. It made me think of the time my eldest son and his friend fried donuts during a chemistry class. It wasn’t exactly part of the daily lesson plan. 😉 Cute story.



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