It Was A Good Idea At The Time
I have a lot of good ideas. The fact that they don’t always work out doesn’t mean they… well, let me rephrase that. The only way to really, really know if an idea is viable, is to try it.
So in 6th grade, my classmates and I decided that if we threw a surprise birthday party for our History teacher, she would be so touched, the test would be postponed.
It was a good idea at the time.
We each brought in “stuff for the party” which in those days by the way, was simply potato chips, pretzels and popcorn. If kids tried this today, the menu would include steak, sushi and waiters. Anyway, the plan was, as soon as our teacher would enter the classroom, the entire class would burst into jovial song, with “Happy Birthday to you…”
Lest we were too early, we planned to say, “It’s an early celebration!” Lest we were too late, we planned to say, “It’s a belated birthday party!” Lest she not share this information with us at all — for this we had no plan.
It never got that far.
Enter Miss A. Now, the unanimous undebated decision, just a few short minutes prior to her arrival had been: All rise in her honor (okay, we had to stand up for her anyway), and all together start singing, “Happy Birthday toooooo youuuuuuu…”
My friends chickened out. Yes, I was singing alone. My voice trailed off…
“Clear your desks!”
You try clearing paper towels laden with chips, pretzels, and popcorn in a hurry!
“Put that all away. Take out your pencils, and a fresh sheet of paper.”
I looked around the room, as we scurried about like obedient mice in an experiment.
Only because I was a respectful student did my awkward solo not get me into trouble. But I remember the embarrassment to this day!
And wow. I could not believe they’d all lose their courage like that. I mean, twelve girls singing Happy Birthday might have actually achieved something there!
Anyway, like I said, it was a good idea at the time.
In 8th grade, on a hot summer day, my friend and I purchased a case of Popsicles – remember those? We rode all over town on our bikes selling them for ten cents apiece. Until…
See what I mean? It was a great idea, while they were still frozen.
In 5th grade, a young teacher of ours, feeling the tension in the classroom (she made us write a lot of notes) suddenly stopped teaching. She asked each of us “to write on a paper” if anything was bothering us. Then, she asked each girl to bring that paper up to her desk.
All I remember was that apparently every single girl wrote a complaint, including an “artist’s rendition” of a blazing fire, with the words… well, it wasn’t very kind.
I was the only one who did not write anything at all.
Maybe I’d noticed the teacher’s sad facial expression as she waited for the notes, or maybe my parents just raised me not to be rude, but in the end, I was the only girl in the class “dismissed for recess”! The rest had to miss recess that day.
Can you picture the scene? I take my little sandwich bag of lemon wafers out of my briefcase and leave the classroom. Hurray, I was the only girl not punished that day!
And spent that recess all by myself, just outside the classroom door!
It’s the kind of thing that’s no one’s fault, and just works out wierdly. Later that evening, my mother praised my Derech Eretz, so I guess it was worth One Quiet Recess.
That was a good idea, actually.
Here’s a birthday gift idea that will make everyone wish they could be friends with you. Seriously!
Send your loved one to any Florida Kosher Villas vacation rental mansion – pool and all! All the luxuries a person can dream of, and kosher, too! Plan a weekend for your friends, or a summer for you and your entire extended family!
Come to think of it, you can even send not-loved-ones on vacation with Florida Kosher Villas. You know why?
They will have such a grand time, they’ll want to stay there forever! They’ll never bother you again. Worth the money, no?
That would not be a good idea.