Not so silent reading

26 Sep

I almost laughed out loud during silent reading yesterday. Not at my book. Not because the kid at the table in front of me was laughing at his book.

I almost laughed out loud during silent reading yesterday because of all the sounds I hear. Sniff. Cough. Sneeze. Blow.

It is the fourth week of school and cold season has descended upon us.

I made my own contributions to the Congestion Symphony. I’m in the trumpet section, rising frequently for a kleenex. There is a choreography of sorts as students get up for a tissue, blow, put the tissue in the trash can,, then return to their seats. Some rise only one; some are frequent flyers. Perhaps I should call it the Congestion Ballet instead.

 

The over-the-counter medication I brought to school wasn’t doing much. I could have added moans and groans over the sinus pain I felt, but I’m the adult in the room and I am trying to be a good role model.

Today, I am bringing the out-of-date prescription decongestant I have in my bathroom cupboard, a relic from a more serious illness a few years ago. They might be out of date, but they still work.

Today, I am hoping to not be part of the audience. I am sure there will be someone new to take up my spot with the horns, so I can listen to the symphony and watch the ballet.

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10 Responses to “Not so silent reading”

  1. tbreitweiser September 26, 2017 at 7:08 am #

    “Congestion symphony”! I love it!

  2. Karen Filewych September 26, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    Every teacher has experienced the Congestion Symphony! Your description is dead-on. Thanks for the smile this morning.

  3. Andrea Clark September 26, 2017 at 9:14 am #

    This post was very descriptive. I’m glad my students are going through cold season yet, but I felt like I was right with you in your classroom as I read your slice. Good luck!

  4. livelovecoach September 26, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    “Today, I am bringing the out-of-date prescription decongestant I have in my bathroom cupboard, a relic from a more serious illness a few years ago. ” Haha I love how you refer to it as a relic..so true! Feel better soon!

  5. dmsherriff September 26, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Absolutely hysterical! I can hear the workshop! Hope the workshopers feel better soon! Thanks for sharing!

  6. arjeha September 26, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    I so do not miss the beginning of the school year cold I got for most of my teaching years. There were many times I led the symphony.

  7. Kori September 26, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    I am right there with you on the sinuses and colds! I have BOTH myself right now and it seriously feels like I have the flu! You are way more tough than I am though. I had to sit today out because I could barely see I was so low on energy! It’s nice to know I am not the only one getting hit by the cold season! I hope you and your students get to feeling better ASAP! 🙂

    • Adrienne September 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

      I hope you feel better soon. I think I turned a corner today and I am feeling much better this afternoon than I did this morning. Yeah old meds!

  8. Patricia Palmer September 26, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    I love your metaphor comparing the inevitable cold season with a musical symphony! We started our own little class “band” of invalids this week, too! Tissues, coughs, sneezes – you name it, we’ve got it! Here’s to hoping the cold symphony will soon be travelling to a faraway place! Great post!

  9. Brian Rozinsky September 26, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

    Congestion ballet — I like it! Or dance of the tattered facial tissues.
    Feel better soon.

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