She stopped dead in her tracks, turned to me, and asked "is it not Taco Tuesday?" Most teachers, I'd say, bring their lunch. I fall into that camp myself; however, there are a few days where the cafeteria makes something so enjoyable that you splurge and give your stove a break.
I delivered the bad news that today wasn't normal Tuesday lunch and she let out one of those large sighs I thought only existed in movies. It was all she had. That was the only thing keeping her afloat in that moment. The promise of cafeteria Tex-Mex. "I was really looking forward to that," she sad as she continued to stand, motionless, at the top of the stairs.
I left her to her quiet reflection as she collected herself from the apparently earth shattering news that lunch was different than it usually is.
Hey, I understand. Some days you are just hanging on by a thread. I've on more than one occasion burst into tears over literal spilled milk and other beverages. Sometimes my dog jumps up and makes me drop things. If it's been one of those days, there's a 30-90% chance of waterworks.
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