My classroom is right next door to the staff lounge.
This comes in handy in the following situations:
- Putting a cup of instant coffee in the microwave, going back to my room to change from my winter boots to my school shoes, and returning to retrieve it.
- Same as #1 but with tea and checking my email.
- When there are potlucks or a random box of Triscuits in the staff lounge, it is easy for me to return for seconds – or thirds – later in the day.
Valentine’s Week, there was plenty of food in the staff lounge thanks to the generosity of families and staff. I made my way over to have seconds on salad and thirds on brownie bites.
Two unopened bags of M&Ms sat on the table. I resisted.
But that night, I couldn’t stop thinking about the M&Ms. The next morning when I put my instant coffee in the microwave and hit the number “2,” I checked.
They were still there.
When I went in later to retrieve my lunch, I walked over to the table where they had been sitting.
I saw a pink triangle of plastic – The M&Ms were gone! And they had left the remnants to tease me.
“Oh no!” I exclaimed, loud enough that the few staff members checking their phones and eating their lunches introvert-style looked up and asked what was wrong.
“There were M&Ms,” I explained. “I was really excited—“
And then, on a table in the center of the room, I spotted them.
My breathing returned to normal; my shoulders relaxed.
I grabbed the bag and poured myself a generous handful and returned to my room.
About ten minutes later, I returned to make a post-lunch decaf instant coffee and grabbed another large handful.
By the time the day was over, I had made quite a few trips over to the lounge. But because the bag had been sitting there all day and someone else had opened it, I was able to tell myself that most likely it wasn’t just me who had polished those pink and red circles of goodness off.
The question remains, though: There were two bags. What happened to the other one?
Somewhere in the school is someone who was thinking about those M&Ms just as much as I was. Because their classroom isn’t as conveniently located, they must have taken them with them.
Smart move and probably best for my health.
I could have – and would have – eaten another bag easily.