A Day In the Life

Someone Knocked Up the Art Teacher

ACT I

Scene 1

SETTING:  The art room of an elementary school. Afternoon. During a 6th grade art class.

OUTSPOKEN FEMALE STUDENT

Ms. Art Teacher, are you pregnant?

(THE CLASS gasps noticeably and in unison.)

MS. ART TEACHER

What? What kind of question is that?

OUTSPOKEN FEMALE STUDENT

(stammering)

Well… it’s just that… well… you… they… they said the only reason someone would get fa… gain… like that… is because you’re pregnant.

MS. ART TEACHER

(calmly)

Please turn around and get back to work.

OUTSPOKEN FEMALE STUDENT

I didn’t mean you… I wasn’t saying that… I mean, I don’t think you’re fat… I…

THE CLASS

(whispering)

Shut up!

(END OF SCENE)

ACT I

Scene 2

SETTING:  The art room of an elementary school. 20 minutes later.

OUTSPOKEN FEMALE STUDENT

(with excitement)

See! He thinks you’re pregnant too! So, are you?

(END OF SCENE)

As it just so happens, I am pregnant. About 16 weeks. But I wasn’t about to spill the beans to my 6th grade class like that. Better to let them squirm for awhile. I was highly amused by the scene that took place today and couldn’t stop laughing to myself (which was a great relief after the Kindergarten class that had me this close to tears. Literally. I’m very weepy today. Plus, they were the worst behaved they’ve ever been since the start of the school year).
 
I’ve only told one out of three of my schools the news, mainly because my doctor’s appointments are all falling on days I’m at that one school. I have yet to decide how or when to tell my other two schools, but then I thought it might be fun to see who brings it up first. Looks like my 6th graders beat the adults to it. Which makes me wonder, are 6th graders more observant than adults, or are they just more curious and outspoken? Which also makes me wonder, have they noticed that I’ve been wearing the same pair of jeans for the past month and a half?  

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12 thoughts on “Someone Knocked Up the Art Teacher

  1. Wow, I'm amazed they noticed any difference in you! Just out of curiousity how much have you gained so far? I hid my pregnancy really well (although I told everyone after 3 months) because i'm so tall. It wasn't until like the very last month that I had any strangers comment. I gained about 60 pounds total. congrats to you!

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  2. Congratulations! I was working at a high school when I was pregnant with my first. I could see a small group of girl, whispering and looking at my midsection. I just went ahead and told them.

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  3. Bryn says:

    Congratulations! When I was pregnant, it was a 6th grade boy who asked first. All of the girls in the room immediately started yelling at him and telling him that he should never ask someone that. It was hilarious!

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  4. congrats to you!! I remember when I was pregnant with my first it was all that I could do to keep from running out of the classes to get to the bathroom!!! and god forbid if someone was a minute late! I finally had to make the announcement so that I could get my bathroom runs in!
    Oh, and I'm only 5' so EVERY single pound showed,,,they must have thought I was supersizing everything! good luck to you!

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  5. This is so funny to me! I'm currently 25 weeks pregnant and every day there are kids asking me if I'm pregnant (I'm an elementary art teacher). It's so funny because they are so shy when they ask and then so excited when I confirm 🙂 Although when the 5th and 6th graders ask I just tell them I'm getting fat.

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  6. When I saw your post that someone had knocked up the art teacher I was so elated. I CANNOT wait to hear your always interesting perspective on pregnancy and motherhood! This should be good.
    But seriously. Congratulations and the BEST of warmest wishes.
    Barb

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  7. Anonymous says:

    It's okay my students have less boundaries, I had a 8th grade boy pat my belly and said, “oh you got pregnant!” I said, “yeah over night it grew, no I'm just fat thanks for pointing that out, but you will be the first to know when I do have a kid.”

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