In the life of a teacher – this is just another of those mysteries.
I was teaching a class of 5 and 6 year olds last week. Working with young children is great fun, but it comes with consequences…. Sometimes children have accidents at school.
It happens…. It’s part of life. No problem.
The little boy in my group didn’t seem too fazed. I led him to the toilets and gave him spare pants and trousers to change into.
Well, I thought it was sorted…
About 5 minutes later the boy returned to the classroom followed by my assistant. She brought the plastic bag containing the wet trousers and asked where his wet pants were.
I looked at her with a puzzled look.
“Are they not in the bag?”
“No” she replied.
“Where are they?” I asked myself…
I’ve been teaching long enough to consider all possibilities…… It could only mean one of the following:
- He had hidden his wet pants somewhere in the boy’s toilets.
- He had binned them (children do this from time to time).
- He had not taken them off and was now wearing two pairs of pants: 1 wet, 1 dry (bizarre, but I’ve seen it before).
- He had flushed them in an attempt to hide the ‘evidence’.
We went and searched the toilets.
The boy didn’t speak any English so we couldn’t ask him – that plus we didn’t want to make ‘a big thing’ of it.
How can a pair of underpants go missing?
Any ideas? What do you think……?
The next day I stopped to talk to his mum in the playground. We talked about the accident. Not a problem she said – it happens.
I asked about the missing underpants. I said we couldn’t find them.
“Oh yes, they were on his bed at home. He forgot to put them on in the morning!”
You gotta love boys.