Laughter is the best medicine. I try to laugh as much as I can, but nothing has made me laugh as hard as I did when we went on April vacation to "Jaxson's," which is apparently the home of the Jumbo Sundae for the last 60+ years. So when in Rome....you buy the Jumbo Sundae, right? We went for it, but apparently they fit the many layers of ice cream into a tall cup, not a bowl, so with the layers of caramel on top, we had a giant mess on our hands. Connor and I went to a far table outside and proceeded to get chocolate and caramel everywhere, on our hands, in my hair, on his shirt, across the table, up our arms, dripping on the floor: you get the picture. At the tables next to us were some older couples who you could tell that this was not their first rodeo at Jaxson's and they had chosen simple one scoop cones and they soon caught wind of the mess we were encountering. If any of you are Paddington Bear fans, it was akin to when he would get in his marmalade sandwich messes. That was us; it was a scene beyond scenes and everyone around us had comments such as "How you doing with that sundae?" "It's certainly hard to eat that all before it melts, huh?"
Why do I tell this story? We laughed and laughed, at the mess of it, and the ridiculousness of the size of the sundae and the buckets of caramel stuck to all parts of our body. We laughed that I went there to help, and ended up getting it in more places. At one point Connor said, "I thought you were going to help me clean this up and look at how you have it all over you!"
As we are in the midst of MCAS craziness, how can we recreate the laughter of the jumbo sundae debacle? In our attempts to keep order (which is a big part of what we need to do when managing schools and classrooms), how can we enjoy the messiness that comes with working with students? In our moments when we may feel stress, how can we take a moment for ourselves to smell the flowers, smile, and laugh?