Speaking of things that no one found out about — my best friend, Scuz and I (Scuz was a shortened and pejorative form of her real name) grew up on HARRIET THE SPY. If you haven’t read this book, go buy it and read it immediately. So what if you’re thirty five? Pretend it’s a gift.
Anyway, the two of us spent time thinking up creative ways to torture various people of our acquaintance. One of these victims was The Mop.
The Mop sat in front of me in homeroom and had a lot of hair. I suppose I must have liked him and that’s why he was a target, but that’s beside the point.
We had the brilliant idea of putting a pink bunny decal on his locker. A permanent decal. You bought them in paint stores. They were for baby furniture. You put them on furniture by rubbing a wet sponge over them and they stayed forever.
We bought a really really big, really really pink bunny rabbit. We stayed after school one day and did a really really wonderful job of applying it to his locker.
It would never ever come off.
The Mop went to Burke and told her what we had done. He knew that the only teacher who would know for an absolute fact that we would do this to him was Burke, and that she was the only teacher we were afraid of. She called us on the carpet.
“Get rid of the bunny. Now.”
We tried to deny all knowledge.
“What? What are you talking about?”
She gave us The Look. “Don’t even try. Go.”
The problem was that it was a permanent decal. You couldn’t remove it. That was the point.
Eventually we had to scrape the paint right off the locker to get it off. It stayed scraped up like that for years.
Um…is the statute of limitations up yet? When I reflect on this now, I recall that not a single adult stopped to ask what we were doing, and that nowadays we would be arrested for vandalism.
Awesome! We don’t even have lockers at the high school I teach at, which makes me super sad because I feel like lockers were such an essential part of my high school experience. And I too loved Harriet the Spy.
what do the kids do with their stuff?