Friday, August 21, 2015
I got annoyed yesterday and handed him a bunch of massacred pencils. "Put these in your backpack and give them to your parents. Then come back here tomorrow with a new box of pencils."
He didn't say much and later I regretted the exchange. I doubt he'll bring back new pencils and then I'll have to say something lame like, "Okay, you didn't bring back any replacement pencils, but don't break pencils anymore. I don't like it when you do that."
Who knows why the kid keeps wrecking our pencils? Maybe he's anxious. Maybe he's bored.
I'm trying not to take it personally. But a pencil's a pencil, no matter how small. And we've got to look out for the pencils in our midst. I feel so sad about the pencilocide. I just want it to stop.
Here's another thing I hate. Because of school shootings, all our doors are now locked. Come to find out, I carry several bags, a couple of lattes and other sundry school items up to the door each morn. One of my custodial coworkers has taken to calling me Bag Lady, which frankly, I resent. When I get to the building, I have to place all this stuff on the ground and unlock a set of doors. Then I hold the door with my foot, pick up all my stupid bags and wedge my body through the unlocked door. Then I repeat this with the second set of doors which are only 4 feet away from the other doors so I don't even understand why they too have to be locked. There's absolutely no reason why we can't install a retinal scan door opener at this school. I keep asking for this, but Custodial Co-Worker says retinal eye scans aren't a good solution because people can steal your eyeballs and use them to enter the building. Sure, I get that. But there's got to be a way around that issue.