On Sunday afternoon as I was leaving the house I realized that I didn’t know where my red tote bag with all my lesson planning stuff was. I searched the places it should be, and then the car. Nowhere. That was when I realized, with a feeling of lead in my stomach, that I had left it at the ski/snowboard hill on Saturday after my son’s snowboard lesson.
I called the main lodge, and the woman who answered told me that she was in charge of lost and found, and that no bags at all had been turned in after Saturday night’s sweep. My guts started churning, and I thought I was going to cry. I asked her if I could come and look, and she said sure, but not until after 6, because we are so full right now that there isn’t even any parking in the overflow lots.
The rest of the afternoon I felt incredibly sick with stress. In the bag:
- my math curriculum
- my lesson plan book, with the schedule for the whole year
- my notes on TWO observations that I still have to write up
- the (not inexpensive) book I am reading for next Sunday’s book club
- my handouts on writer’s workshop
- several curriculum guides, purchased with my own money
- my file on teaching the five senses, our next theme
Finally, I was able to drive out there, and I searched in the locker where I thought I had left it — and bingo, there it was. A bench had been moved in front of the locker, so that it didn’t open, which is probably why nobody found it the previous night.
I nearly cried, again. My migraine came back, maybe from the rush of tension and stress and then relief. I’m home sick today after 4 days straight with migraines.
Have any of you ever lost YOUR lesson planning bag?