Sunday, August 08, 2010


Material possessions are truly the long run............but we sure do cling to them in the here and now. Take, for example, teachers.

Teachers are generally hoarders, and love their "stuff." The "stuff" includes but is not limited to books, boxes of tissues, scissors, glue, glue sticks, rubber cement, pencils, pens, pins, markers, crayons, colored pencils, dry erase markers, erasers, notebook paper, new or used binders, folders of any kind, construction paper, graph paper, any paper, spiral notebooks, staplers, staple removers, WhiteOut, bookmarks, bandaids, cotton balls, index cards, glitter, books, videos, CDs, paper clips, any kind of tape, posters, pictures, photos, water bottles, stickers, thumb tacks, art supplies, plastic bins, plastic boxes, containers of any shape and size, extra sports equipment, kazoos, Post It notes, harmonicas, recorders of absolutely any kind, magnets, office supplies, desk clocks, wall clocks, mugs, coffee pots and microwaves and tiny refrigerators that can be hidden from an unsuspecting Fire Marshall, rubber bands, aquariums, cages, magnifying glasses, any kind of compass, protractors, any reasonable collection of anything, hole punchers, pencil sharpeners, cleaning products, Lysol spray, Clorox Wipes, twisty ties, thermometers, rulers, scales, balances, carpet scraps, pillows, bookshelves, stools, prisms, boom boxes, books whistles, dusters, empty spray bottles, cushions, laptop computers, Teachers' Guides to every curriculum known to man (my least favorite item), dice, dominoes, playing cards, salt and vinegar and baking soda and iodine and corn starch, pepper, salt, sugar, Splenda, thermoses, extra toiletry supplies, and my personal favorites, books and chalk.

I have much less "stuff" than almost every single teacher I know. Nevertheless, it took me two trips with the old, trusty Maxima filled to the max and a lot of assistance from the new custodians at my new school to get me moved in.


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