Thursday, November 26, 2020

Scenes from Turkey Day


Last Thursday was kind of a sad day for me. So many things have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic, but this one hit me hard. Turkey day. No students attending the continuation high school in person, so of course, no turkey day. 

So, I'm reposting last year's turkey day post that I posted on Thanksgiving of last year. Enjoy. 

Last Thursday was the continuation high school's annual Turkey Day. It's the day they serve a turkey dinner lunch brunch to the students and the school district community. I make sure that I have a gig there that day.

(I've written about Turkey Day before: 2008, 2013, 2015. Or just click on the tag "turkey day".)

The day is always rather catawampus. I've worked at the continuation high school long enough to know to go with the flow. Some of the crazy:
  • Period 1: Jordan (no, not that Jordan--there happen to be three of them) came into class with a classroom exchange pass. Only, the pass was to go to PE. (I was in the woodshop.) Apparently I was the preferred sub (PE had a sub, too). I told him to get a pass to woodshop. He left instead. (The office was not pleased he was not where he said he'd be.) 

  • They don't get to use the machinery with a sub, but I allowed painting. Elijah had painted his name plate blue. He went looking for red paint. While the blue was still wet, he painted over it with the red. (Me and another student warned him.) It came out a streaky purple. Which he tried to say was something he liked the look of. Sigh. 

  • I had snack duty, so I didn't get my bathroom break until after the bell. Of course, another teacher darted in front of me. So, I was late getting to third period. I felt bad about this until the teacher next door arrived at the same time. Whew! Not that late, then.
  • Bob arrived with a tardy slip half way into fourth period. He asked me to mark him present for third period. He claimed he had been in the office. When I called the office "to check", I was told he had only just arrived. I mean, nice try at fixing his attendance record, but perhaps actually attending would work better. 

  • We adults didn't get to eat until after school. (We got out at noon that day, so not a hardship.) Another sub didn't want to go. (I mean, I get it. It was hard for me to join in when I was a newbie.) Me and Mr. G (he was the teacher for the class I covered in August last year when he got stuck on jury duty) did convince her to peek in. She was eventually convinced to take a to-go plate.
I guess it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a little drama. 

11 comments:

  1. Another thing to add to the list of casualties of closures this year and you wonder what next year will be like and if it will be restored for Thanksgiving 2021?

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    betty

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am sorry you are missing this but I did enjoy the antic of last year. Have a great Thanksgiving despite all that is 2020.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. At least I got to work last week. Not a total loss.

      Delete
  3. So many things missed by so many of us. We can only hope that things are back to somewhat normal by next Thanksgiving. By the way, when I was in junior high I used to so much look forward to Turkey Day. Sometimes the school lunch was barely edible but it was fantastic on Turkey Day. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know what you mean. I try to tell the kiddos that it's a good meal, but they don't believe me many times. Those that don't try it learn their mistake.

      Delete
  4. -strange to have our routines be so upended this year, eh?

    Happy Thanksgiving, Liz!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, it's strange. But it'll make for great stories for years after this.

      Delete
  5. Sorry you had to miss turkey day. I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

    ReplyDelete
  6. And the casualties will roll into 2021. I live somewhere with a very hot summer (and a pretty cold winter), so Autumn (fall) is when we have a lot of activities happening. Of course, this year that was the first lockdown so nada, now they are being cancelled for next March/April because it is too soon (our vaccinations will only start rolling out in March). 2022?!

    ReplyDelete
  7. It's been depressing, for sure. ~sigh~ Take care and stay safe.

    ReplyDelete

I appreciate your comments.

I respond to comments via email, unless your profile email is not enabled. Then, I'll reply in the comment thread. Eventually. Probably.