Welcome to my posts for the A to Z Challenge 2016.
This year, I am posting
Special School Stories
tales from either my time as a teacher or teaching assistant within classrooms in the U.K. or from my own school days growing up around the country.
To young children, everyone over the age of 16 looks old to them. Sometimes there might be a distinction between Mum old and Grandma old but on the whole teachers can all be 21 for as many years as they like – they are still seen as old by little ones.
At one school, a young teacher joined us (Miss C) who was absolutely lovely and called me “School Mum” and I called her “School Daughter” as we both had long dark hair and the same type of slight zany-ness about us. However, she came to me one day slightly mortified that some of the children in her class had started calling her by my name and she was beginning to think they couldn’t tell us apart!!
I have to own up and say I was absolutely delighted to think I could be interchangeable with her as not only was she young enough to be my daughter (just) but she was also stick thin and a couple of inches taller than me!! I think in all honesty having been the only teacher at the school for a number of years with long dark hair I think the children noticed that feature the most. Although, after Miss C had been ill for a week I went in to her classroom to be greeted with “Are you better now?” so who knows?