A New Years Tradition


This is a repeat but still one of my favorite  school stories. This one came  from a neat little kid of very careful, correct, engaged parents. Upon the return from the Christmas Vacation one year I asked the kids, the very creative and little used(ha ha or should it be ho ho), “What did you do over Xmas vacation?” He/She(mom may be reading) then told the following story.” We didn’t do much over Christmas, we opened presents and ate cookies and the same thing happened again on New Years day.”  “What,” I asked? And heard  a long graphically descriptive story about his mom that would mortify her and  can be boiled down into one sentence.  “Ever since I can remember (he/she was a 5th grade student) my mom always has a  really bad  case of the flu on New Year’s Day. Hmmmmmmm the flu, New Year’s Day, must have been someone,  something contagious at the New Year’s Eve Party every single year… What could it be?

In 70’s the class of 35, after the student’s graphic description, just sat there and wondered and worried if they too could catch a case of that flu? And I would guess that chances are most students in the class would  catch a least one case of what my mom used to call the “Bottle Flu” on some future New Year’s Eve.

Parents take warning your child’s elementary teacher knows more about you than hopefully they will ever tell!

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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