Pandemic Birthday #2 Day 24 #SOL21

Pandemic Birthday #2 is shaping up to be better than I expected and not at all like Pandemic Birthday #1.

5:30 a.m. Hit the snooze button for a few more minutes of sleep. I was greeted with a “Happy Birthday!” but no mention yet that I’m older than him (only for the next 2 months).

5:45 a.m. “Couch Coffee”, as my teammate calls it, sitting in my new favorite chair.

7:35 a.m. Leaving later than I should for in person school. Last year we were in lockdown and there was no birthday at school.

8:00 a.m. Birthday greetings in the hall overheard by one of my students.

8:10 a.m. The secret is out as birthday wishes come trough the announcements. “Why didn’t you tell us?” they cry.

8:15 a.m. The guessing starts. “I don’t mean to be rude, but how old are you?” she sweetly asks.

8:30 a.m. Our morning of math and reading gets underway.

10:40 a.m. It’s indoor recess on a rainy day. “It’s really not a birthday if you don’t say how old you are, what fun is that?” he inquires.

11:15 a.m. A yummy lunch provided by my team. Homemade soup, delicious bread and Hummingbird Cake. Last year’s lunch was over Zoom.

1:00 p.m. Time to model how to write different types of nonfiction pieces. How To, Alphabet and Comic book examples. I love how easily they are awed by my simple drawings.

2:00 p.m. Outdoor recess for our short break. The girls make a six foot semicircle in front of me. “I think she must be 40 something.” she tries again.

“No she’s not. Mrs. F. said she’s in her late fifties. I think you’re 59.” another says.

“No, not 59.” I say.

“Okay, 58 then.” she persists.

“No, not 58.” I reply.

“Then 57!” she insists.

I smile from behind my mask, “Maybe!”

“That’s it, that’s it she’s 57!” she exclaims.

They love this game. The ruse is up. I can’t keep them guessing anymore.

I’ll take my 2nd graders guessing my age on Pandemic Birthday #2 over last year’s isolated celebration.

I am participating in the 14th annual Slice of Life Story Challenge by Two Writing Teachers. This is my third year of daily slicing during the month of March. Thanks for stopping by!

4 thoughts on “Pandemic Birthday #2 Day 24 #SOL21

  1. I truly love it every time I see or hear someone finding silver linings in all of this. There is enough complaining and surely enough to complain about and I begrudge no one that but humans really can be truly inspirational in times of crisis. I’m so glad you had a better day today than last year – Happy Birthday!!!


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