not my day

so, i got a call to sub as a librarian today. sounded like something fun and different, so i took the job. i got to school about 7:45 and discovered that i didn’t have my first class until 10.  sweet.   lots of time to prepare for the three classes i’d be teaching, plus maybe get a book or two in. then i got a call from the secretary saying that a sub hadn’t shown up, could i please take a 2nd grade class? sure, i love second graders. so, i locked up the library, and headed to the class only to find out that the sub was there, she just got a little lost trying to pick the kids up from the playground.

so, back to the library i went… only to get another call, minutes after i’d unlocked everything and turned the lights back on.  a teacher was needing to go home, could i take her class? of course.  again, i lock up the library and head off to my new class.

i stopped in the bathroom on my way there. big mistake.

because the toilet exploded. not just like, oops, overflowing toilet. like erupting geyser spewing in six directions, flooding the bathroom with about three inches of water in 4.2 seconds, and of course soaking me from head to toe.

so, after alerting the secretary, plumber, custodian, anyone i could find, i headed off to my class. not an empty class, mind you, but a class full of first and second graders and, even better, the teacher. she’d come in to work, but wasn’t going to be able to make it through the day, and i show up. the soaking wet sub. the soaking wet with exploding toilet water sub. i’m sure just the look of me inspired great confidence in the mind of that poor teacher leaving her kiddos in my (wet) hands. ah, well. a day in the life of a substitute teacher. :)

posted by: nicolette


5 thoughts on “not my day

  1. Hilarious. It’s amazing how many funny things happen to us every day if we just look out for them! And schools and students have a way of igniting them all the more … Are you still substituting? And how did you get such a sweet deal, anyway?

    • Nope, I worked as a sub when we were living in the States before we moved to Beirut. It’s a great job for people in transition. It varies state to state, but in the state I worked in, you just need a bachelor’s degree and a background check. It was a pretty sweet job!

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