hurry up and slow down

My poor little special kiddos.

The other day we were scheduled to have an earthquake drill at school, but because it was Monday, and Monday was Pilgrims day, after all, I got all caught up in doing watercolor paintings of turkeys, playing with button spinners, and doing bean bag games, instead of warning and prepping my kids for the shaky, quaky event.

So instead of an organized line of children who calmly crawled under the tables, I had 7 children who heard the rumblings over the PA and then ran toward the tables, confused but hurrying.
This is a pretend earthquake.  Please get under the tables, but remember we are just practicing for an earthquake.  It's okay, G.  Everything is okay.  See how I am smiling while I talk to you.  No need to shake.  We are just pretending.

Other kids needed some encouragement to even notice something was going on that was out of the ordinary.
Do you hear that rumbling, K?  We need to hurry and quickly get under this table!  This one right here, K!  Fast now.  But we are only practicing, G., so don't worry.  But please hurry, you three!  

I am even confusing myself.

12 comments

Joanie | November 24, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Oh, the sweet fond memories, and how I miss all the fun (confusion). Hope to see you soon!

The Way I See It | November 24, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Makes me smile. What a fun job you have though...really!

Barbaloot | November 25, 2010 at 12:44 AM

I remember those drills. How on earth did kids ever fit under those desks? :)

charrette | November 25, 2010 at 1:51 AM

I love your job. :)

Kimberly | November 25, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Oh my, what a muddle! But yes, what a fun job as The Way I See It said. =)

Miss Tinselly | November 25, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Poor babies! We had a boy in one of our classes who had a cochlear implant. Every time we had a fire drill, he would pop it off and walk calmly smiling down the hall, while the other kids were scared to pieces by the alarm!

Miss Tinselly | November 25, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Poor babies! We had a boy in one of our classes who had a cochlear implant. Every time we had a fire drill, he would pop it off and walk calmly smiling down the hall, while the other kids were scared to pieces by the alarm!

Mrs4444 | November 25, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Wow. That's something else; we have tornado and fire drills, here :)

Ca88andra | November 26, 2010 at 1:47 AM

And to think we have really boring pretend evacuations at work!

Connie | November 26, 2010 at 7:05 AM

It's a good thing it wasn't a fire drill where you would have to go outside in the freezing temperatures! I miss G.

TechnoBabe | November 28, 2010 at 7:07 AM

So many things in life to prepare for and more of them are confusing.

LisAway | December 1, 2010 at 5:02 AM

That is so cute and funny.