What Not To Microwave

“Pop. Pop. Ssssss. Pop.”

It was lunchtime and the end of a busy day. Our school has half days on Friday. Instead of leaving at 2:20, the students each lunch and leave at 12:45. Today was a whirlwind of activity with students leaving the classroom for an art project, kindergarten buddies and a guest lesson about Egypt.

All the students where hyped up. Was it the great weather or the early start of Spring fever? After tracking down kids with late assignments and trying to calm a bit of the chaos and teach content I was thankful that lunchtime had rolled around.

I popped in my lunch and sat down to a conversation with some other teachers about weekend plans. My teaching partner asked who’s lunch was in the microwave.

“It’s mine,” I said. “It should be done.”

Brian turned to hand me my food and paused. “Here are your……grapes.”

“What?!? Oh no. I microwaved my grapes! The popping sound was grapes exploding!” A purple soup had formed at the bottom of my bowl.

I put my head down on the table. I grabbed the wrong tupperware. I microwaved grapes today. I’m so tried. It’s time to go home.


  1. Your piece is a wonderful example of a teacher’s week and how draining it can be. So funny…yet not funny at all. How much longer can teachers keep doing this?

  2. Samantha Marquardt

    March 7, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Oh my gosh! I was so with you when you wrote, “I put my head down on the table.” We have all had those moments when we know it is time to just call it a day! 🙂 I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  3. Hee hee. Love this story!

  4. Ugh! Exploded grapes won’t be on my menu. I hope you get some sleep this weekend, but it’s not looking promising since it is the start of daylight savings time.

  5. Margaret Simon

    March 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    OK, I am laughing out loud! That is so hilarious! But no fair that you get a half day on Friday. But, on second thought, I guess you needed it.

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