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Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Circle of Life....Whatever!!!!

Since I do not have to get my newsletter and plans together tonight (spring break),
I thought I would share a little story from this past week.

Put your feet up, get comfy, and grab a tissue....yep, it's a sad story....

Our story begins on a BEEaUUUtiful Day!
There was no rain in the morning and there wasn't any forecast  for it either, so we were going to get to go to the playground!!!!!
It has been forever awhile since we have consistently been able to go out there and enjoy ourselves.

We have spent so much time inside that I can't get them to leave my side when we go outside!
My girls want to hang around while I am monitoring. They act like i haven't seen them in weeks!
"Did you know...?"

"Guess what...?"
(Chicken Butt)

{and then the inevitable questions}

"How much longer are we going to stay out here?"
(til I squeeze the squistle)

"Will you push me on the swing?"
(nope, against the rules)

"If I get on the monkey bars and get scared will you come get me down?"
(If there really is a chance you will get stuck, please don't get on it.)

"Do you want to watch me climb to the top of the web?"
(Do you want me to be honest?)

"How much longer til lunch?"
(When I say" Time for lunch!")

"Can we play with our toys when we get inside?"
(I'm going to need you to step away from the Squirrel now).

Before they can even think of planting their tiny little size elevens in my shadow- I tell them that I am off limits for the day at recess. That it is a mandatory fun break!

Each time one of them came to me (unless they had tears) I did the Austin Powers hand movement for SHHHHH and they would scatter in a few directions.

It was halfway through recess when I had a very persistent little pack. They were testing me. They would get close enough to have had a conversation with me, but after watching me "shoo" others away, they would hang back.

I was starting to feel like a wildebeest calf on the Serengeti, the one the hyenas gang up on and  taunt and torture until it has to give up and then they attack it! (Do those two animals even live in the same habitat?)

Now I didn't think they were really going to "attack" me,I had no real fear of being eaten, but I knew that the silence in my little recess bubble was about to *POP*!

I should have been a fortune teller.....because one of my sweeties just couldn't stand it any longer and he  came up to me and says in THE sweetest little firstie voice ever,

"I know you told everyone to leave you alone" (for the record, I DID NOT say that- I told them to PLAY)
 "but there's something dead over there and the other kids are touching it."


"There's something dead over there." is WAAAYYYYY different than "When is lunch?"

So I rush over there, it was a hard trek, because I wore heels....yes, the WMDs...but I made it over there. And nothing draws a crowd like a teacher running in heels...

Now remember, we haven't been able to be out there that often because of rain and mud, so whatever this was that I was going to go look at may have been there for awhile.

I was expecting to see goo and guts. I knew it was not going to be pretty.

It wasn't.

It was awful.

I know what you are thinking...and you're right-

It was a SQUIRREL!!!!!!!

I know, of all the dead animals  on all the playgrounds and he had to croak on mine!!!
I know we have the whole "Circle of Life" thing going on- but they would have been less traumatized had it been a bird of some kind, but a squirrel??? {No offense, birds- but we have something special going with the squirrels}  I threw that in just in case I have any followers who are birds- you can't be too careful these days.

So first I have to find out who touched it and with what. It was starting to decay and didn't have much fur- but he (yes, he)
did still have most of his tail and the parts that attach to it.

I sent the town crier into the building to let the office know he was out there.

We stlll have like 15 minutes left...

I am trying to calm my girls who have by now started crying. I am trying to hush my boys who are trying to play CSI and figure out what did him in. I am trying to let the other teachers on the playground know without causing more panic.

While I am trying to do all of this, one of my sweetie girls says, "Miss Squirrels, can we bury him?"{can you imagine the dinner table chatter when your child tells you there was a funeral for a squirrel today:}...

"Well. sweetheart, we are going to let the office take care of him. It's almost time for us to go in."

Before she can respond, a staff member comes out the door that we usually go in with gloves and  a CLEAR plastic bag!!! 

So now, all who have NOT seen it, are GOING to see it as it is paraded past all of the equipment to be taken to the TRASH!!!!


It didn't matter that we made it to the gate before the staff member and Squishy the Squirrel Frisbee did, it was all they could talk about- all the way up to lunch and then "I-want-to-have-services-girl" wrote about him in her journal!!! 

Ok, now dry 'em up and get back to your regularly scheduled blogging:)


  1. Poor squirrel! I can relate to your kiddos not leaving you alone. Mine are the same way, they love being right next to me. Needless to say we are working on staying in our own "bubbles".

    ✪ Miss W

    Miss W Teaches

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    1. I think I like Candy Land and construction paper better- they can get fresh air at home:)

  3. Poor squirrel:( It is so nice that your students were so concerned.

    Happy Blogging!

    1. The ones who weren't trying to poke it:) I did "write" this whole eulogy in my head though that would've been funny!

  4. My class is SO like that too!! Come on guys, we spend every second of our lives together practically. Don't you want to be away from me for 15 minutes??? Haha!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

    1. Isn't it weird how they are slightly different out there? Some of them are better behaved outside:)

  5. Oh also if this happened during my recess duty, I would have thrown up for sure!!! You are brave to go look at it!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

    1. What do you mean "recess duty" you get a break then sometimes? We take our own class out- but we can tag team with a teacher if nature calls

  6. Oh poor squirrel :(

    I was laughing at your little hyena scenario. That would be a great documentary... "Teacher Eaten Alive!"

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  7. Once we had a group of girls come over to us at recess, on a Friday afternoon, all up in arms because there was a pair of PANTIES out in the field. Red lacy ones. *shudder*

    1. Could you imagine being the one who didn't have them the next day...."Now where was ...?" lol

  8. AWWWWW!! Poor Squirrel! :( Love the telling of the story, though, and I can picture you in the heels running across the playground!!
    I bought my dad a card yesterday for his birthday and it has two squirrels on the front. It says something like "The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree . . . " and then when you open it, there is a little squirrel that says, "Happy Birthday from your little nut". I wanted to take a pic of it and send it to you, but I already gave it to him.
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

    1. Tell him Miss Squirrels said Happy Birthday, can leave out the part about me being a little nutty!!!! hardy har har

  9. OH! That made me laugh! I have been the recipient of many squirrel themed things in the past year but not because my name is squirrel (or anything cool like that) but because I seem to get many living things in my home and most recently was a nest of red squirrel babies in my basement. I love seeing all of your squirrel pics. At my school we have a hole. It is (I am pretty sure) just a hole but we are constantly telling the kids to not stick anything in the hole.....that is usually our playground mantra.
    Enjoy your break! 9 school days until mine starts!

    Lori @

    1. Things in the hole are should tell them it's a troll, a grumpy one, that likes to eat feet...:)

  10. Oh my! Too darn funny! But also sad for the squirrel of course! The best thing I have ever found on the playground was a mattress that apparently some teenagers dragged out there to "make out" on. I have to laugh that you say "chicken butt" when they say "Guess what?" because I say that too now thanks to my husband always saying it! We also say "chicken goo" when they say "Guess who?"

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

    1. Where do you get an extra mattress????
      I keep thinking (in my weird little mind) "what if he had a family? what if they were waiting for him?" and then I say, oh yeah, I'm a grown up!

  11. LOL that is too funny! And sounds so much like something that would take place with my kiddos and our playground. And so I'm guessing you don't want me to send to the picture of the squirrel my son shot...and stuck a gatorade (because he couldn't find a beer)bottle in it little...paws...hands...fingers...What do squirrels have? LOL Sorry

    First Grade @ Klinger Cafe

    1. Bleck!
      My dad is a hunter. He won't kill it if he won't eat it....I have had to go to therapy for the stuff we ate growing up! Nothing like watching Bambi- and then eating his cousin!

  12. Hi Staci:
    I'm sorry I missed this yesterday...
    But I am SO glad I found it today.
    I needed a chuckle and I am so thankful I stopped by.
    Enjoy your Spring Break... you've earned it!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

    1. I am glad you got a chuckle! Sidebar- I used to love Chuckles- do they still make them? I am going to Google it right now!

    2. They do! They do! After I am done with my chores tomorrow- I am going to the mall candy store to get some!


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