One day a French teacher decided to kidnap the German class mascot, a tiger striped wooden yellow and black duck. Yes, I was wondering the same thing. Who knows? German, its like a cult. They don’t need a reason.
Anyway, a substitute teacher told us the duck was in French class. So at the end of the day, my kids trooped down to her class with a diversion, leftover cake, and in the confusion we snatched the duck and ran like hell.
Now, the duck isn’t little. At least four feet long.
We sent a picture of the duck to the Germans with a message: ” We have the duck. Send ten thousand deuche marks.” Yes, the duck is wearing a Roman helmet.
We then hid the duck as carefully as one can hide a four foot tiger striped duck in a classroom. We then sent another photo of us all gloating over the duck.
The substitute teacher, in a moment of sadistic glee, did not tell the French teacher who stole the duck. The French teacher walked around frantically, no doubt muttering “Oh, merde! He’s going to kill me!” meaning, no doubt, the German teacher.
While I was out of my class for ONE period, SOMEONE came in, found the duck and absconded with it.
The Spanish teachers all acted totally innocent, like they hadn’t seen anyone running out of my room and down the hall with a four foot tiger striped duck in tow. Right. Channel 6 news would have shown up for a shot of people running down a hall with a contraband duck.
This incident clarified for me a glaring lacuna among my possessions. I do not have the equivalent of the duck. So I set my students to making a Trojan Horse. And its bigger and taller than the duck. The problem was at the end of the year when I had to do something with the horse. My husband looked at the horse and said, ” Just what are we going to do with that?
He looks out the window, waiting for the day he does battle with the duck.