It’s spring, so we have been studying plants and our whole windowsill is covered with little cups full of dirt and sprouts of various sorts. A lot of teachers use their plants for science — I wonder what would happen if? What would happen if we didn’t water a plant? What would happen if we keep a plant in the dark? I never got around to it in the past, but decided to do it this year.
Little did I know my class would react with horror.
“It’s going to die!!!!”
“She’s going to kill the plants!”
“I don’t want the plant to die!”
There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. At least one little boy went home and talked about it at dinner.
I forged ahead, but by Friday, it became clear that the plants cannot die. So we will rescue them once they start to look unhealthy, and bring them back from the brink.
Maybe then I will become the hero, rather than the evil villain.