Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Report to the Principal's office

Last fall, Graceful bid on and won a fun activity at the school's silent auction: An afternoon of baking cookies with the principal AT HER HOUSE. Do you realize how huge that is? That means the principal actually has a home and doesn't live at the school.

Principal G and I agreed that February would be a good time for baking. Graceful invited two friends, Addie and Diana, and all three girls were wild with excitement. Waiting and waiting and waiting. It was an eternity, I tell you, for three girls who were going to do something so very special that no one they knew had ever done anything like it. Today finally arrived. Apparently, Diana woke up her family this morning by yelling "BAKING COOKIES" loudly and often. I really don't know how all girls got through the day without exploding from excitement.

Diana and Addie rode the bus home with Graceful and Elegant. I suggested that the girls do their homework while they ate their snacks, so that they wouldn't have to do it tonight. Everyone agreed and homework was never done more diligently than it was today. It was as if the fate of their cookie baking hinged on doing their homework well.

Then we left for the Big Event. When I took the girls to Principal G's house, she took them on a tour first, which the girls just loved. It showed them that teachers are real people with real houses too. Because the other possibility was that the teachers sleep under their desks in the classroom and don't have homes.

As Graceful said to Pete and me later,
"You really can't tell from how plain her house is outside just how it is inside. When you get inside, WHEW! There's a lot of neat stuff that probably weren't cheap to buy ... The guest room was BEE-YOO-TIFUL and the bedroom was BEE-YOO-TIFUL too."

I left and came back a couple of hours later. The girls had huge smiles on their faces. Principal G was smiling too, but probably in anticipation of the large alcoholic beverage she had waiting for her.

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