Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tumbleweed Days Parade

Remember last year when I said I was stuck in a time loop?  Probably not.  But I feel like I am.  I keep repeating the same exact events year after year.  Everything around me seems frozen in a perpetual state of unchangingness (spellcheck is having a field-day with that one), except for me.  I get older every year.  So it's a really f'd up time loop.

That being said, today was the Tumbleweed Day's Parade.  It was awesome!  Even though this event is part of my jacked up time loop, I always come out of the parade on a complete high.  This year we had fifty kids marching.  That was huge.  I was told by past Builders Club members that seven years ago, they only had six or so students participating.  So we've basically gone from six to fifty.  I seem to have a knack for convincing students to sacrifice their Saturdays for grueling, unappealing jobs--it's a gift, really.

Here we all are.  I'm the little dot on the right-hand side, half-crouched with the sunglasses and gray hat near the end of the second row.

Oh, Tumbleweed actually has its own zoo now (can you believe that?), so this year's parade featured a live camel, zebra, and boa constrictor too.  Those were fun additions.  

This morning I woke up to the worst alarm ever.  Olive (the chicken) climbed into the backyard with the dogs, and we woke up to her shrieking all over the yard as they basically attempted to run her down and eat her.  This was right before 6 a.m.  Luckily Clint heard all of the commotion and saved the chicken before she was gobbled up, although there is now a barrage of feathers all over the back yard.  He temporarily put the dogs in our room while he was getting Olive back into her fence, and what does Yang do?  He walks straight to my backpack--the one with all of my students' parade permission slips, sign-in sheet, and other field-trip forms--and pees all over it.  Call me crazy, but I think no person should have to deal with two crazy dogs, one pissed-on backpack, and one frantic chicken before the sun rises.  ~Jodi


  1. It was last year you said that? Seems like it was more recent, but then I have a terrible concept of time these days. But don't feel bad, you're not the only thing changing and getting older, your students are different every year, so they're getting older, too!! :D

  2. I see what you're saying, but my students AREN'T changing. It's been seven years, and yet I'm STILL teaching 11-13 year olds...all going through the same pre-pubescent issues and dramas, etc. as my students were seven years ago. I know that's completely illogical, since in real life each individual student is growing older and moving on, but I don't get to see that part. I only get to experience them for one little school year, so it feels like my students have found the fountain of youth. Like I said: completely illogical.

  3. I can see how that would be an unending, unchanging cycle!! LOL

  4. Yes, it is!

    But the real reason I'm commenting further is to clarify: When I said "last year", I meant last SCHOOL year. In my head, a new year doesn't start on January 1st; a new year starts the second week of August when I have a fresh batch of students. So anything before summer was "last year".

  5. Hilarious - your chicken and dog story, Lucy!


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