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Kelly and Happy came to us on loan. Their school was overcrowded. They had no room, and no teacher.

Things were rearranged. Classes were combined. Room was made. A teacher was hired.

Today we said good-bye to Kelly and Happy. Now our classroom is missing a measure of nonsense and a measure of sunshine. I hope their new teacher loves them as much as they were loved by their old teacher.


I interviewed for a new job today. Starting next July I will be teaching at a new school — 5th grade!


Sorry this is so late and I didn’t have a chance to visit your blogs. Today was very busy. I promise I will see you sometime tomorrow.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Teaxching can be one of those pull you apart type things. You love teaching and the kids but when they leave you are a little sad.

    Watch out tonight! Our US Navy will be at work defending us from falling objects!

  2. Oh my GOSH! Back to 5th grade! WOW!
    ohhhhh… I know this puts you back in your “comfort zone” …
    but I gotta think you are gonna MISS those tiny tikers!
    You probably will NOT miss their GERMS though!!!

  3. Jill — when my kids leave I am a LOT sad. They are MINE. People — parents, etc. — have no business taking them away from me! I have a contract that says one school year and I should get one school year.

    Melli — I like the kids in my classroom. I am not sorry I took this job and I will finish the year, but I won’t miss teaching preschool. There are only so many times — once per year — an adult can sing the alphabet without getting bored spitless. I need back-and-forth interaction. I need a challenge to keep me on my toes.

  4. back to 5th grade, are you!
    i’m sure you’ll enjoy the change.
    and it’s a bittersweet affair with these kids, no?

  5. Polona — I learn to love them all, no matter their age or germy-ness. It’s bittersweet no matter where I go becuse I never get to keep them.

    Bill — thank you.

    Brian — the sticky, gooey way!

    SN — thank you! I’m hoping for even better!

  6. I guess you will be happy going back to 5th grade, yes? I had a feeling it wouldn’t take you that long to get back into “the groove”. and believe it or not, I suppose you are going to miss those little kids. Although I know how much work it is teaching kids at the age of those kids.

  7. Here’s hoping that Kelly and Happy fill their new classes with wit and whimsy and that your new parking space at your new job isn’t under a tree.

  8. Melli — and I can once again have actual sarcastic conversations! IF it weren’t for OC I would be insane by now.

    Brig — I really miss Kelly. Happy goes to my church, so I know I will see him again.

    Mumma — it isn’t at work that I am under a coconut tree. It is my parking place at the condo — my home — that was bombing me. They were trimmed the other day — finally — after 8 weeks of OC patiently asking them every few days when it was to be done.

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