According to some probably-not-very-reliable-websites, yesterday , April 15th, was “Steal Something from Work Day.” If you are a teacher, this probably amuses you – because educators are far too clever and ethical to steal from work.
Typical conversation in the Eichholz household:
Husband – What happened to the aluminum foil?
Me (innocently) – What do you mean? There’s some in the pantry.
Husband – That’s the wrong kind. We had some non-stick foil. Now it’s gone.
Me – Oh. Oops. I brought it to school so the kids could see if they could play the Makey Makey piano on it.
Husband sighs deeply at the suffering he endures being married to a teacher who views all kitchen supplies as potential science experiments instead of cooking necessities.
Other items that have gone mysteriously missing from our home in the past year:
- a hacksaw (to make a foosball table for Global Cardboard Challenge)
- our tripod (desks are far too unsteady for stop-motion iPad videos)
- various fruits and vegetables (again – for the Makey Makey)
- a piece of drywall (great canvas for Sphero painting)
- 5 lbs. of flour (key ingredient for Squishy Circuit Conductive dough)
- electrical tape (vital for robots who need to detect dark lines)
- 6 rolls of paper towels and 2,000,000 boxes of tissues
- half my salary (to buy supplies from non-district-approved vendors and/or cool stuff for my classroom from Kickstarter)
To be fair, I do sometimes enhance our home with items from school such as:
- the class tarantula who needed a home over Winter Break
- the class snake who needed a home over Spring Break
- strep, flu, and cold germs
Things that Completely Disappeared Between Home and School and I am Pretty Sure Will Never Be Found Again:
- A flat head screwdriver
- 9 umbrellas
- my sanity
Mathematically, it appears that my workplace has come out ahead so far. I don’t really want a Steal Something from Work Day. What I need is a Find Something at Work that You Stole from Home and Return It So Your Family Can Repair Their Broken Appliances and Eat a Home-cooked Meal Day.
Actually, that might take a bit longer than a day…