I Wanted to Be Teacher’s Pet

This morning I ran into Scarlet’s first grade teacher walking her students into school, and I realized with shock that she will pretty soon be “two teachers ago” for Scarlet. It breaks my heart! Add in Des’ preschool graduation, and I can’t..do it.

Stop trying to make me do it, life!

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  • In kindergarten, my mom made my reading teacher cry. Oh, maybe I shouldn’t tell this story, lest you think my mom is a bully. She’s not. My reading teacher was also not a bully. I DO remember her having very cranky eyes. (seriously, I wrote that in my diary) During a phone conference and unaware of a too-recent tragedy in my life, my teacher told my mom that I looked sad all of the time, looked out the window, and didn’t do my work. My mom snapped back, “Well gee, maybe it’s because she just watched her father fall down and die.” I think, but I don’t know, that my reading teacher’s cranky eyes turned sad. I know she gave me what I needed after that and that soon, I read better than most of my class.

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  • In 1st grade, my teacher was 102-years-old. No, really. (maybe 70?) She kept a little parakeet named LGB. (Little Green Bird). One day the sixth grade teacher’s class pet tarantula escaped and bit into some wires in the gym. (I can’t make this stuff up) It caused some sort of fire or smoke or gas problem and we were all evacuated and sent home for about seven years while they rebuilt the school. Actually I fact-checked with my mom and it was only about a weekend or so. When we came back, my childhood best friend and I both noticed that LGB had different feathers. All I know is that my teacher gave us a look that could probably still make me jump, and told us to never, ever tell anyone else what we saw.

LGB was the true teacher’s pet, because it wasn’t me! I once called her “Daddy” by accident.

I used to want to be the teacher's pet! This time of year has work, activities, and school overload. Take time to enjoy the time that's left now! #parenting

  • Second grade. I used to think my 2nd grade teacher was so old and really, she was under 30. She was probably around 25 or so! A mere baby! Oh, how our perspectives are funny sometimes. She had a chipmunk statue I played with.

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  • In third grade, I was teacher’s pet, for perhaps the first time in life. It was when I first learned, as I keep learning throughout life, is that I’m a fierce, competitive, driven achiever if all conditions are right. If not, well I look sad and stare out the window a lot when I’m supposed to be learning. My teacher used to actually say to other students, “Follow Tammy’s example. Do exactly what she’s doing” about pretty much anything I did. I was a temporary rockstar.

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  • Fourth grade. I had an actual witch as a teacher. She made me cry harder when I was already crying. She drowned our class pet crickets because she didn’t like their chirping. And, she was let go from our school. However, my warrior mother had already had me placed nicest woman on the planet’s class. You can check her credentials against other nice people you know. She was always happy and we played games and since we had a tortuous 1:00 pm lunchtime, she’d always make sure we didn’t go hungry. One day her eyes were red from crying all day. No one else mentioned it. That night I slaved away on a card for her, writing that I noticed she was sad and that it hurt my heart. I added a little box of pink and white M&Ms I had gotten from my dad’s work. I snuck it onto her desk at the end of the next day. She called later that night to thank me and tell me I had a way of expressing myself through writing that touched her heart..

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  • My fifth grade teacher told me if I didn’t become a writer, she’d eat her own arm. She thought that my writing was so sad, so that I didn’t have to be. I filled up dozens of black and white marbled composition books in her class. One day I wrote a story about the man in the moon who smiles at good people and literally moons bad people. I know she talked about it in the teacher’s lounge because other teachers would ask me to read my story. One night recently I told that story to Scarlet before bedtime. We both got the giggles for a long time before sleep finally took over.

I used to want to be the teacher's pet! This time of year has work, activities, and school overload. Take time to enjoy the time that's left now! #parenting

  • In sixth grade, I had many teachers. One was amazing. He was/is(?) seriously gifted. Funny, heartfelt, caring, intuitive. I had a really rough time that year, amid more pretty and more achieving peers. He knew I’d find myself one day and he told me so. One day he had his amazing daughter have lunch with a few of us and she stopped lunch, pointed at me and asked, “Who is that, Daddy? She’s pretty.” I was so unaware that in any reality she could be talking about me that I hunched over my sandwich and didn’t look up. And, I must have looked ungrateful but I honestly couldn’t believe it. I was the epitome of gawky. I took it to new levels. Maybe he told her to say that. I doubt it. She was only six or so.

Either way, I never forgot what that felt like.

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After that, there were always many teachers. Team teaching in middle school. High school and college. I never forgot a teacher or professor. One was a former Chippendales dancer, the rumors stated. He had a rivalry with another of our teachers and they would have us pull pranks on the other. I’m talking tampons in his desk drawer. These are the things you never forget. These teachers of our lives. They see the rawest sides of us, at times, and we see that of them, at times. There is an attachment. To be honest, I’m so bad with change I don’t know how I got through the graduations. I suppose the wonder that is summer vacation kept me happy and distracted for all that I was giving up in cozy and familiar classrooms.

And as you can see above, I was also gaining something new every year.

I used to want to be the teacher's pet! This time of year has work, activities, and school overload. Take time to enjoy the time that's left now! #parenting

So I wrote this little (big?) post here because teachers are magical.

I’m Going To Disney World, Part 8: Princess Heaven

So, where did we last leave off? I beat my roller coaster phobia! Twice! Well, I suppose it remains to be seen whether it’s really gone for good, but when I think about the Mine Train, I only think fond thoughts. I don’t think about my stomach leaving my body, or the near-dizziness of being whipped around. Instead, I think about Scarlet next to me, Cassidy and Des with their arms up in front of us, a happy scream settling itself in my throat, and the sunset we saw coming out of the mine.

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

Just don’t ask me to go on The Barnstormer again. It wasn’t the same.

(This is NOT The Barnstormer, but it’s pretty cute.)

Where we last left off, we had gotten to Disney World early to see a quick morning show on the stage instead of at the train like we’ve seen before. Then the gates were lifted, and it was Main Street Mayhem! We had not used a FastPass for Elena of Avalor/Cinderella, because we wanted to try to race to them first thing in the morning and use the FastPasses on rides. It worked! We got right in line and it seemed like a 10-15 minute line only. It was still chilly and a bit humid. I have to be honest – I really do fangirl when I see these characters. And I can’t stop grinning! I know that we do this (mostly) for my kids..

..but it needs to be said that I could probably play Snow White or Belle if someone asked me nicely to do so?

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

Still. They’re awesome! Even Des gets starstruck!

It’s just more people to play trains with, as far as he’s concerned!

He was a little shy about Elena and Cinderella this year.

Scarlet wasn’t!

I think she smiled so hard her face almost fell off. I might be talking about myself too! They are amazing princesses, and I love the way they tell stories, references their own histories, and make everyone – kids and adults – feel special and noticed.

And like their cheeks might fall off from the smiling? Yes.

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

Then we did the Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid ride, as we do every year. And you can’t go there without meeting Ariel, right? Well, Des wasn’t so sure, but Scarlet certainly was!

And me! So much!

Her face just kills me here, there, and everywhere. She even got that look on her face for the non-human, non-princess superstars. Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck were pretty awesome too! This was the first year she filled up her autograph book.

I’m SO GLAD I got in these photos. I should tell you that there’s a mix here of photos from my camera, my phone, Cassidy’s phone, and a few (the rollercoaster and some upcoming Belle ones) that were taken by Disney photographers. I should also tell you that since these photos were taken, I have learned to pair a LulaRoe Carly dress with a belt. What does that mean?

Absolutely nothing. I just needed you to know! Sheesh.

After a lot of princesses, one roller coaster, and lunch in Fantasyland, we waited for the next performance of “Enchanted Tales With Belle.” That’s definitely a “must see” in Walt Disney World. This was our second year in a row. My three family members participated both times, while I sat out to take pictures or video. The special effects are amazing, and the kids get souvenirs too! Maybe next year I’ll be in the play, but it’s so much fun to see all the kids perform for Belle.

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

Next up, shows, parades, sweets, treats, bubbles, fun!

See ya then!