Sunday, March 13, 2011

When is Smiley going to turn up and make the tea?

We are working so hard at school. It's becoming quickly apparent to Smiley and me that our days of faffing - not that we ever actually did faff (just in case any official school-type people happen to be reading this) - are well and truly in the past. I work just 20 hours a week at the moment. Some extra hours would be nice but with talk flying around the school about hours being reduced, it's not looking too promising. So for now I just work 4 days a week and finish at lunch time. As everyone knows, the real reason I turn up for work is to eat my lunch. Don't say anything to her, but I suspect the same might be said for Smiley. So on Friday when she hadn't turned up for lunch on time, I thought to myself:
Hmmm....this isn't like Smiley
Then I stuffed another piece of gluten free chocolate cake into my face.

Smiley and I had spent the morning testing some Year Tens individually on their Maths. We were finally making progress in getting some data together for the head honchos. I checked the time on my cell phone and noticed that we were more than ten minutes into our lunch break and Smiley still hadn't arrived to make our tea. Totally out of character. So I flicked her a text: "Where r u?"

Smiley didn't reply. So we all kind of sat there staring at the tea pot with confused expressions on our faces. When one member of the team is down - we ALL feel it.

Eventually, about 5 minutes before the end of lunch, she surfaced with quite a lot to say for herself:
"Where did everybody go? I've been locked in that little office with a Year Ten child. Everyone just left me locked in there. No lunch, no cup of tea. I could have wasted away!"
I wondered if Smiley might have been tempted by cannibalism if she'd been locked in there any longer, but realised that with the impending cuts to staff hours, she might not want to take the risk. "I DID text you."
"How can I read your text if I don't have my phone on me during work time?"  It was a fair comment.
"Ummm...cup of tea? The pot's ready for you to make it..."

I ducked and she missed me :-)

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