I have been working hard to stay organized and reduce clutter in my classroom, but I like to keep a few things around me that make me smile and remind me of a prior student or event. I have a hedgehog that was crocheted for me by a student and a lionmouse for The Mouse that Roared, one of the first plays I directed over a decade ago, crocheted for me by the costumer. They sit next to my computer keeping watch over the students.
Today, I was cleaning up a station and turned around to find a lone hedgehog. The lionmouse was missing! My heart sank. I looked under the papers on my table, in the drawers, on my desk, and on the floor. It was gone.
A few periods passed, and I continued to look around the classroom as the kids came and went. I could not believe that someone would take something so sentimental.
My friends came in for lunch, and I immediately shared my loss.
Next thing I knew, my friend busted up laughing and said, "I wondered when you would notice. I have moved him around a few times." She pointed to the top of my television screen and declared, "There he is!"
And there he was camouflaged on top of the television. I don't think I ever would have found him on my own.
Now, I have a new goal. Revenge! Any suggestions?