Fun with a Plastic Fork in Class

The moms in my morning class have a lot to juggle in their lives. They have children to take care of, husbands they wake up to cook for in the mornings, so they have a lunch to take to work, and a home to manage. Throw a pandemic on top of that and one can imagine the stress they have.

One of the things I enjoy doing is at times using a little comic relief in class. My thinking is if they laugh, it will help reduce stress. A little background to yesterday’s comic relief.

I had not owned a comb for a long time because I always keep my hair short. After not being able to get a haircut until June due to COVID, I bought a comb. But after I got a haircut in June, I put said comb somewhere and now cannot find it.

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During a Zoom meeting about my class a few weeks ago, I joked I was having a bad hair day. My hair is getting long again. The woman who coordinates the program for all of the schools joked with me that I could use a plastic fork. I promptly went to the cupboard in my classroom and got a plastic fork and used it to comb my hair during the meeting.

Now on to yesterday. I told my assistant what I was going to do and asked her to ask me what I was doing when I started to use the plastic fork. Once all of the students were in class, some in person and some in Zoom, I started combing my hair with a plastic fork. My assistant asked me what I was doing. I told her I was combing my hair. The students were laughing. My assistant was laughing and could not get out the other words of- “buy a comb.”

A classic moment happened when the school librarian, who I have worked with for 7 years, walked in to bring some Chromebooks. I showed her how I comb my hair with a plastic fork. She said, “What are you Ariel from Little Mermaid now?” I told her I would try to sing like Ariel but she left the room quickly. Perhaps she did not want to hear me sing. I would not blame her. πŸ™‚

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The moms are precious souls who Jesus loves. It is my privilege to teach them and to pray for them each morning as I start my day at home over coffee. If I can give them a little joy and laughter, it is a blessing for me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

25 thoughts on “Fun with a Plastic Fork in Class

  1. Nothing like laughter in all the world. I notice people are more serious these days too. Even myself I have noticed I need to laugh more. Thanks for sharing! Blessings Lisa

      1. Indeed it is! Had that yesterday when I went in for my breast appointment. I had my husband holding my hand during a very awkward moment. My husband helped lighten the mood.. he had all of us laughing in the room! God bless laughter, don’t know what life would be like if it was all gloom and doom. 😊

  2. I admit, my first thought was Ariel. My kids and I were just talking about that part of the movie. πŸ˜„ Laughter is good for the soul. I am glad you are a teacher that recognizes this.

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