Monday, November 06, 2006

Twenty Minutes Past Breakfast

The Background: I work at an "at risk" school. Breakfast and lunch are 100% free. Our entire school eats breakfast together every morning at the same time. This morning we had Total cereal, orange juice and 1% milk. Mini pancakes were available, but there was no syrup or butter (sugar and fat have been cut from the menus) so very few kids ate them. The Story: I put a couple of Air Wick Fresh-Matic air fresheners in my classroom over the weekend. I set them to spray every twenty minutes. This morning my reading class came in and settled around my chair. I opened a book and began to read aloud. The air freshener sprayed and suddenly the air was filled with the scent of papayas and mangos. My students inhaled as a group, exhaled on a sigh, and four of them said in unison, "Now I'm hungry!" The rest agreed. I calmed them and went back to reading the story -- about hungry mice who were trying to steal fresh vegetables from a cat-guarded garden. Rudy said, "My breakfast wore off!" Issaic agreed, "Yeah, even vegetables sound good."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Afternoon Quill,

I read your Cinderella post. Thank you for caring and teaching our children.

Bless you.

11/06/2006 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Thanks for sharing,but now I am hungry too He!He!He!.Hope you are doing well :)
Wish you well

11/06/2006 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll have to switch that air freshner to some flower scent! Of course then the kids will just want to go outside all day.

11/06/2006 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

When kids want vegetables either you are doing something wrong or your one heck of a teacher.

11/06/2006 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger B.R.L said...

You are talking about something I miss. The smell of something good or bad. I would need some sugar on those pancakes in some form.

11/06/2006 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

I get THAT hungry sometimes too... *sigh* :)

I've put up the last installment of my weekend ... if you're interested!

11/06/2006 06:22:00 PM  
Blogger Just Tom said...

Maybe you have something marketable here. "Just turn on The Appetizer spray after starving your children and they'll even eat vegetables! The Appetizer. Comes in seventeen fruit and vegetable scents."

I'd hate to think which scents would be use for the de-appetizer for weight loss.

11/06/2006 08:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Careful or they'll start trying to eat the airfresheners!

11/06/2006 11:48:00 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

Geeze Beady posts about turkey, your posting about cereal and pancakes and Im trying my best NOT to go to the fridge! lol.

11/07/2006 12:56:00 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

The power of the mind at work.

11/07/2006 03:55:00 AM  
Blogger Bazza said...

I can certainly associate with Rudy as I find meals wear off far too quickly.

11/07/2006 04:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're very lucky you didn't buy the Fresh-matic "Macaroni and Cheese" air freshener. They'd have attacked you.

(And, congratulations! You WON!)

11/07/2006 04:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a cute story!

I'm here via the NaBloPoMo Randomizer. Best of luck with your 30 days of posting!

11/07/2006 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger DaBich said...

LOL...gotta love those kids!

11/08/2006 02:56:00 AM  

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