Thursday, January 28, 2016
Not About the Highlighter
So...um...well... I kinda fell... Yeah...
It was after school. I was on my way to the office to check out for the day. I must have stepped wrong. I don't actually recall.
I do remember the falling and the landing on my right knee. I tore my pants but didn't see the scraped raw part of my knee until I got home. I didn't realize my left ankle was twisted until I stood.
The ankle hurt more than the knee. But, I was two days into a two-week assignment, so I hobbled into work the next day.
I set up a chair. When I had to be standing (which wasn't much, actually), I kept my weight off it. And the students didn't seem to notice. (They didn't say. They're freshmen, so it's likely that my awkward movements were completely missed by them.)
Except for 2nd period...
They were the worst class. They weren't terrible compared to some classes I've had, but they suffered in comparison to this teacher's other classes. Mostly, they spent more time talking than working.
So, when two boys started arguing over a highlighter, I wasn't terribly surprised. One boy had another boy's highlighter and he wouldn't give it back. Typical stuff. I gave them a minute or two, but they didn't resolve it, so I knew it was time to step in.
I hoisted myself up and took two steps towards the dispute...
"Really? You're going to make her come over there over a highlighter? Can't you see she's injured...?"
I didn't recall seeing this girl around when I fell. (It was after school. There were witnesses.) She explained that one of her friends had seen me fall and had told her about it. (Which I didn't want to examine too closely. I had seen a couple students who had been in my classes that day.)
So, apparently, some of them had heard. But hadn't mentioned it. Well, then again, I hadn't mentioned it.
The boys resolved the highlighter issue on their own. They probably would have anyway. But perhaps I should milk my "injury" for all it's worth.
(The ankle really hurt for about a day. The pain lessened considerably the second day. And now I'm moving about normally, although there's still a twinge of pain in my foot.)