When A Novel Takes Over

On Monday I was walking down the hallway at school toward the copy machine. Instead of thinking about upcoming lessons, I was deep in thought about what will happen next in the book I’m currently listening to. It is the first time I’ve listened to an audiobook and it has transformed my 30-minute commute.

I now look forward to my drive in the morning and in the afternoon, sometimes prolonging my time in the car to listen to a few more seconds. On Friday I couldn’t bear the thought of waiting until my commute on Monday to continue on with the story, so I checked the book out of the library.

I start with the audiobook and get 60 minutes a day, being hypnotized by the narrator’s Russian, English, German, and American accents. I add on another hour before bed with the paper version. Luckily the book is 988 pages and it is book 1 of a trilogy! It is such a gift! I’m only on disc 18! How often are we so transfixed with a novel?

In case you were wondering, the book is “The Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett. I’ve been meaning to read it for ages, but I was hesitant on making such a commitment.  I highly recommend it, even though it is about 1,000 pages. Just beware, if you start it, you won’t be able to stop.

It’s a Life Saver, not a Light Saber!

It was Teacher Appreciation Day and so far it was great! When the classroom door opened and the Vice Principal entered it got even better! He was there to cover my class for a few minutes while I helped myself to the coffee and snack cart in the hallway! I grabbed a white chocolate cherry scone (actually I don’t even recall what flavor it was! It was just so good!), coffee and some fruit. I excitedly hurried back to my classroom and munched on my treats and chatted with my students as we all had our snacks.

“Um, you have some raspberry on your shirt.” whispered a student.

“WHAT?!?! A raspberry stain on my new Sunshine Shirt! This shirt is supposed to bring the sunshine today! Nooooo!”

This student had a perplexed look on her face as I sprinted to my computer and typed an all-school email: Does anyone have a Tide Stick I can borrow? I have had a raspberry incident in room 123!” I paced around the classroom.

Within 5 minutes two Tide Sticks appeared, both brought by confused students. I got to work right away, dabbing at my yellow striped shirt. I could not end snack on time. Math would have to wait. Everyone was anxiously hoping the pink splotch would disappear.

After 5 minutes I led the class in a cheer “HOORAY!” we all exclaimed! The Tide Sticks prevailed and conquered that vicious raspberry.

An hour later as we headed down the hallway to recess, I carried my 2 Tide Sticks to return them to their owners. Swish! Swoosh! My immature-self pretended I was carrying my 2 Light Sabers down the hallway.

One student watched and said “No, actually those aren’t Light Sabers. They are Life Savers! Your shirt was saved!” My smile grew as we continued down the hallway.


Side-note: This slice was not sponsored by Tide. Also I dare you to say “Sunshine Shirt” out loud 5 times fast!