Wednesday, March 7, 2018

7/31: My First Class Pet

I've always wanted a classroom pet. I have fond memories of a guinea pig in elementary school, who I got to take home to babysit for a day. I remember my 7th grade science teacher's hissing cockroaches, which were simultaneously gross and intriguing. To me, a class pet was a sure sign that the teacher was awesome.

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.



11 comments:

  1. I love Floyd! I'm absolutely stealing this idea for next year. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. That is hilarious! I'm sure the kids get a kick out of the costumes Floyd wears too. I never had a class pet as a student, therefore, I never found the need to have one as a teacher. I guess I thought they were too much work, but Floyd wouldn't take much effort. Maybe a little dusting once in a while.

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  3. I have several flamingos! My room has a vintage camper theme so the flamingos were necessary. I LOVE it!

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  4. Sometimes he disappears though, doesn't he????

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  5. How I chuckled at this post! Floyd appears to be the most well-behaved of classroom pets. He is quite the fashionista as well.

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  6. This is awesome! Thanks for making me laugh out loud on a yucky day! Love the name Flyod as well.

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  7. I love this! I have been thinking about a class pet and now this is all I want haha :)

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  8. HA! I had to click through to see this class pet. My kiddos have been buggin something fierce for a class pet this year.Floyd is amazing! I sure am inspired. Thanks!

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  9. You've given me pause to view Lowe's in a whole new light after my experience there tonight! Loved your description of Floyd!

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  10. I've want to get a plant for my classroom but my fear of killing it has always kept me from getting one. Maybe a Floyd would be a better option for me :)

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