The moms in my morning class have a lot to juggle in their lives. They have children to take care of, husbands they wake up to cook for in the mornings, so they have a lunch to take to work, and a home to manage. Throw a pandemic on top of that and one can imagine the stress they have.
One of the things I enjoy doing is at times using a little comic relief in class. My thinking is if they laugh, it will help reduce stress. A little background to yesterday’s comic relief.
I had not owned a comb for a long time because I always keep my hair short. After not being able to get a haircut until June due to COVID, I bought a comb. But after I got a haircut in June, I put said comb somewhere and now cannot find it.
During a Zoom meeting about my class a few weeks ago, I joked I was having a bad hair day. My hair is getting long again. The woman who coordinates the program for all of the schools joked with me that I could use a plastic fork. I promptly went to the cupboard in my classroom and got a plastic fork and used it to comb my hair during the meeting.
Now on to yesterday. I told my assistant what I was going to do and asked her to ask me what I was doing when I started to use the plastic fork. Once all of the students were in class, some in person and some in Zoom, I started combing my hair with a plastic fork. My assistant asked me what I was doing. I told her I was combing my hair. The students were laughing. My assistant was laughing and could not get out the other words of- “buy a comb.”
A classic moment happened when the school librarian, who I have worked with for 7 years, walked in to bring some Chromebooks. I showed her how I comb my hair with a plastic fork. She said, “What are you Ariel from Little Mermaid now?” I told her I would try to sing like Ariel but she left the room quickly. Perhaps she did not want to hear me sing. I would not blame her. 🙂
The moms are precious souls who Jesus loves. It is my privilege to teach them and to pray for them each morning as I start my day at home over coffee. If I can give them a little joy and laughter, it is a blessing for me.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.