An exchange from the last day of school with my grade fives and sixes at Mountview.
The scene: we exit the building to play Noodle Tag. It is apparently traditional for teachers to get the noodles.
M.: But you should want to play, you’ll get a noodle.
A: No, he isn’t a teacher. …Wait! You ARE a teacher now! Can’t you just teach here next year?
Michael: Unfortunately, there are no jobs here for me.
A: Who would you have to eliminate to get a job?
Michael: It wouldn’t matter, there’s a list of people who would get the job before me.
M.: Do you know their names?
Michael: Honestly, it would just be too many.
A.: Oh, don’t worry. My dad has a big knife-thing. So can you teach at our middle school next year?