So, a few weeks ago, I was sitting in my kitchen, enjoying a few glasses of wine, and flipping through my school calendar. Suddenly, I realized that 8th grade day was coming up soon. Our school does a big 8th grade celebration day at the end of every year. All 8th grade students and teachers get to skip classes all day and participate in a lot of really fun activities. There is free time outside, where you can knock teachers into the dunk tanks, play basketball, dance to music on the blacktop, throw water balloons at people, or just hang out.
(Though, this year the dunk tank was not quite so “dunk” or “tank.” Not sure what happened there. But it was still pretty terrible for the teachers and pretty funny for the students, so I guess that’s a win.)
Then, we come inside for a game show in the gym. That is a lot of fun. Then we head to lunch, and after lunch there is the 8th grade talent show.
And that’s when it hit me – WE SHOULD DANCE IN THE TALENT SHOW! I drank a few more glasses of wine while I came up with my plan, and by 11:00 that night, I was ready to go. And slightly drunk.
I went to school the next day and immediately recruited one of my favorite teachers who is young, fun, and (most importantly in this situation) a leader. I figured if I got her to agree, the rest would follow. AND THEY DID! All in all, I recruited 12 teachers to dance with me. And not just any dance. We were going to learn Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” dance.
So, we began to have rehearsals after and before school for the two weeks leading up to the talent show. It was hysterical! I loved it!
By the day of the talent show, three of our dancers had dropped out (wimps…you know who you are…). That left nine of us. And we were ready! Or, at least THEY were. Somehow, I was voted to stand in the front because this was my idea. But that was a terrible idea because I didn’t know the dance very well, and because when I get nervous, I turn into a 2nd grader.
My nervous default is to just dance. “When it doubt, dance it out,” I tell my students. And this was no exception. What a fun place to work! What an awesome job to have! What amazing people to work with! I’m a lucky girl.