I've been having a water leak problem under the sink in my classroom so today the county maintenance men came out to fix it. They had told me they'd be pulling the cabinets off the wall and replacing all of the old pipes that were causing the leak so I planned for my students to spend the day in another classroom in the building. It was also Fun Day so we'd be outside most of the day anyways. Well, I had to run back to my classroom to grab the Fun Day schedule before the day got started and there it was... water. I don't mean a little puddle. I'm talking about some serious water. ALL. OVER. MY. CLASSROOM. Flowing water. Are you picturing this in your mind? My shelves and carpet were already soaked, storage drawers sitting in water, and it was creeping across my floor just inches away from reading books and library books. I walked in just in time to start saving my stuff and thank goodness for two of my amazing teamies being nearby and rushing to my rescue. Now, everything in my room is up on tables. It's quite a sight. The whole situation was just too much for me to handle so then I added to the flood with my tears! I'm sure those maintenance men thought I was crazy-- I was just standing in water and crying. I'm sure you can all understand these emotions since we all put so much time, money, and energy into making a classrooms what they are-- a home away from home. Oh, and did I mention that it went through the wall into my neighbor's classroom. Yup, it sure did. Soaked her carpet and some books. Poor thing. She didn't even see it coming!
I think today might top the charts as one of my worst days of school ever. Now, I'm looking forward to a new week and being able to use the sink in my classroom without a leak.... or flood. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Have you ever had something like this happen in your classroom?