"Wait, you didn't get the donuts?"
We all have those moments of panic when we realize our wallet is missing. Maybe not all of us, but most of us. I experienced this at 6:30 AM Friday morning.
I did not complete my reading assignment so my consequence was to buy my 7th grade Language and Literature Class donuts. We took a vote on Thursday and I was going to surprise them with all 3 choices instead of the 2 most popular.
Timeline of Events (Friday morning 6:30 AM)
- I left early so I could stop at Wegmans before work.
- I drove to Wegmans and parked.
- I reached into my purse and realized I had no wallet.
- I started panicking.
- I looked through my purse, bag, etc.
- I turned around and drove back to my apartment. (It is literally within walking distance.)
- I went inside and was looking everywhere. No luck. Now I was really starting to panic. I remembered that I had stopped at Wegmans on the way home from work the day before and had taken it out of my purse.
- I went back outside and was hunting high and low through my car.
- I dumped everything out of my purse and found my card carrier. I never put that in without my wallet. What on earth was going on? (I honestly thought someone was playing a joke on me. Candid camera perhaps?)
- I drove back to Wegmans and went in. I asked at the Service Desk if it had been turned in. Luckily a very kind person had turned it in. (Thank you to whoever that was.)
- Now 30 minutes later, I am off to work minus treats for my students.
I get to school and students come up for lunch as they do every day. I said I did not have their donuts and proceeded to tell the story. I love seeing life through the perspective of a 13 year old.
Me: Tells story.
S: Did you bring donuts?
Me: I had no wallet.
S: But did you bring the donuts?
Me: No, my priority was finding the wallet.
S: Oh, so we don't get donuts?
I proceed to tell the entire class. Here is the 2nd conversation.
Me: I had my debit and credit cards, but needed to find the wallet.
S: You didn't bring donuts?
S: But you had your debit card.
Me: Yes, but the priority was finding my wallet. I had other things in there.
S: Oh, so you don't have donuts today?
Me: No. I will have them after break.
S: Oh. Ok.
We must always remember to take a moment and see the world from our students' perspectives. Trying to put the "glasses" on with the "prescription" of life as a teenager.
They really do bring such a light-hearted point of view. It makes me chuckle when I visualize their priority list compared to our lists as adults. They teach me to never lose my inner child.