After months of waiting for this to happen, it finally did.
At my school, every Friday, a teacher is awarded with a prize for doing something good that week, or for helping, or for just being great at what they do. The presentation is done in front of all the teachers. The next week, the previous week's honoree passes the award to someone they deem worthy.
Each week, I have hoped that I had done something worthy of the prize.
Each week, I thought it was going to be me.
Each week, I left the meeting dejected and empty-handed.
This past week, I was so upset at having never received the prize that I didn't even consider that I might actually get it.
But, I did.
I received the honorable Mr. Potato Head. I was honored for being calm, and able to hold classes without raising my voice a lot and for being able to joke/trick people with a straight face.
Now, I have a week to determine what I will add to Mr. Potato Head. Each honoree must add something to the man. One week, a person added an umbrella to protect him from the hurricane, another week it was a breast cancer band since it was breast cancer awareness week. There is a world map and a jump rope since that is the grading system we use.
I am proud of the award.
And the kids seem to understand what it is for and congratulate me when they see it.
If you have ideas of what I can put on the man for when I pass it on this Friday, please leave them in the comments section. I will let you know what I finally decide.