I spent my lunch with another teacher
and all our students who had earned “Community Lunchbox,”
a reward students can earn for doing their homework all week.
Just as I was about to finish eating,
a group of girls came to my table area and began asking,
“Miss Friedrich, can we come to your wedding?
Can we come over to your house and hang out with you after school?”
(There are two girls from this group that ask me this on a daily basis.
I don’t think they get that teachers and students don’t hang out
and have play dates like they do with their friends.)
Of course I said no to both, but with a smile.
Our banter about them coming over has become a daily joke.
Soon, they began asking questions about my ‘future husband’
and the pictures I had up in the room of he and I.
When I pointed out a picture of us at Disneyland,
they immediately began asking,
“If we can’t come over, will you take us to Disneyland?!”
My quick wits gave me a great idea.
“Sure!” I proclaimed.
Their eyes lit up and smiles spread across their faces,
“Really?!?!?” they asked.
“Yes. I will go to Disneyland with you when you graduate college.”
My thought was that the likelihood they’ll actually contact me
after their college graduation could be slim,
and it sounded like a fun promise if it ever actually came true.
We laughed and joked about how they’ll need to Google me
to look up my contact information when the time finally comes.
“It’s a deal!” one said. “But we need to shake on it.”
I complied, shaking on the deal.
As they excitedly ran out of the room to recess,
bragging to anyone who walked by,
“We’re gunna go to Disneyland with Ms. Friedrich!”
My team teacher and I looked at each other and laughed.
She warned me that in about 13 years
these girls actually could be calling me.
And you know what? I’m okay with that.
If the memory of this pact does anything to motivate them in school
I’m completely okay with that.
I’ll let you know in about 13 years or so if we make it to Disneyland.
And to tell you the truth,
I’d be delighted if this dream really does come true.