When I became a middle school English teacher, those memories stayed with me. However, my idyllic dreams of housing a live creature in my classroom were pushed aside in favor of the 95 other live creatures that populated my room each day: my students. Sure, I didn't have to feed and water them (most days), but they needed infinitely more attention. For the first seven years of my teaching, a classroom pet was simply not in the cards.
But I never stopped longing for one. As the years passed, I considered different options, but my sensible side always chimed in, pointing out reasons not to have a class pet. A beta fish? Who would take care of it on the weekends? A hamster? What if it died? Sea monkeys? Do those even count?
Everything changed on a summer afternoon visit to Lowe's. While my husband was busy looking at Adult Things like fertilizer and paint primer, I decided to pass the time by browsing through the "outdoor living area." Little did I know that this decision would lead me to my very first class pet.
As I wandered through the maze of patio umbrellas, brightly colored pillows and stepping stones with motivational sayings, a flash of bubblegum pink peeking out of a huge cardboard box in the corner caught my eye. Curious, I walked over to take a closer look. It was in this moment that I first met Floyd.
Floyd is categorized by Lowe's as a "plastic flamingo lawn ornament," but he's so much more than that. Floyd is silly. Floyd is whimsical. Floyd is very quiet and stays when told. Floyd requires no food, and the only aroma he exudes is a very slight plastic scent. He's unoffensive, quite handsome to behold, and, best of all, while he's not technically alive, he satisfies my desire for a class pet. Without a second thought (and without having to sign any adoption papers), Floyd went home with me that day
Today, Floyd sits on my bookshelf, guarding my books. I like to dress him up, and right now, he's sporting a single leopard-print glove from an abandoned FACS project as a "tail warmer" and a star-spangled scarf tied around his skinny neck. I smile when I see him because he's just so silly yet so right for my classroom.
So, if you find yourself longing for a class pet but think, "Gosh, those are way too much work," may I suggest a Floyd? Best $10 I've ever spent.
|Floyd is stylish.|