Remains of the Day

October 31, 2017


So, I had an actual Halloween party for the first time in 22 years. (My first year teaching preschool it was a DISASTER. The children were losing their minds, there was lots of yelling and in the midst of it one girl yelled, “This is so fun! When does the party start?!?”

That was it.

But, I am older and wiser and the other pre-K class was having one and I didn’t want to be a total curmudgeon, so we had one. It went very well. They were so excited about their costumes and the activities were the non-yelling type. We finished the morning and I told them I was proud of them for not losing their minds. (In teacher-speak, of course.)

And then it snowed. Oy.

After nap they were so amazed, and rightfully so. It was unexpected and a beautiful, hours-long snow with big, puffy flakes. We would have gone out except so many of them had on shoes and pants that were part of their costumes, so we stayed in and used up the stuff from the activities, including beads to make into necklaces.

One of the college aides brought up my oldest (5 1/2-years old) boy and said, “Um, he has a bead in his nose.”


I looked at him and said, “Well, let’s go get the tweezers. We either need to get this out or take you to the emergency room.” He looked properly horrified.

We went into the next room and at first I handed him a tissue and said, “Take a deep breath with your mouth and blow it out your nose.” He looked panicked: “I don’t know what to do!” I took him over to the sink, said, “Deep breath with your mouth.” He did. I clamped my hand over his mouth and said, “Now BLOW.”

An orange bead and some other ‘organic matter’ shot into the sink.

If you are eating breakfast right now, you are welcome. Wasn’t this the plan, Brad? A kid story a week?

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Remains of the Day”

  1. Deborah Said on:

    My kids were also quite excited about the snow. And I had no warning. Snow was not in the forecast. So when the kids started screaming, I was quite taken aback.


  2. Rachel Said on:

    Does this early snow mean we are going to have a real winter this year? Please? 🙂


  3. Brad Said on:

    Ha! Yes! I love the kid stories! This makes me want to put a bead up my nose. And to experience some snow. Today we have a high of 87 degrees, and it’s super humid.


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