The month of Adar has arrived and joy is in the air. Purim will be here before we know it. There is much to be done: costumes to be bought, mishoach manot decisions to be made, a seuda to plan for, and a zillion other details to take care of.
For those of us who thrive on routine, all this “afuch-ness” (when things are topsy turvy) can be somewhat disconcerting.
I am writing this post at school during my break because in addition to the already “afuch-ness” state of things, I have just been given Purim Rules. I must process the “dos and don’ts” before my next lesson. For those of you unfamiliar with Purim rules in a school, I will explain what this is. Students create rules for the teachers that must be adhered to or consequences will follow.
Here is the list of rules I have been handed by my 7th grade class:
1. If I am late to class by 5 minutes, we have to do something fun for 5 minutes. The students have amazing tactics to delay you from coming to class on time. I think I will be planning some fun things…
2. I must teach standing on one square of tile. If I don’t, the class will break into song. If you already live in Israel, you are familiar with the square-tiled floors. Thankfully, the ones in my class are the larger squares about 18 inches (0.46 meters), so at least I have a little wiggle room to move.
3. I am allowed to ask only 3 questions. I wasn’t clear on the consequence if I ask more than three, as my Hebrew comprehension has room for improvement.
4. I must wear a funny accessory every day. If I forget, I must bring candy. Luckily, I had my handy dandy reusable shopping bag with me and made an impromptu cape. I am saved for today.
5. If I say the word “homework” in either English or Hebrew, everyone will get up and start dancing.
So in the spirit of the day, I will purposely slip up on occasion and let the students have a little fun. In the meantime, I will put thoughts of Pesach out of my mind and live in the moment of the simcha of this festive time of year. Chag sameach and chodesh tov!
Thanks for reading.
Karen aka The Klutter Koach
February 28, 2017