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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Just Write! and a Paper Tree?!?

Happy Thanksgiving Peeps!

This has been a crazy busy week.

I have the week off work - for which I am VERY grateful.

But - I went to work. No, no no, NO - not to work. I went there to spray my tree.

Yep - you read that right.

This tree....

The same tree that has been in my room all 8 years I have been in my classroom. The only 8 years my room has BEEN a classroom...

The same tree my kiddos lean against while reading in the reading center... for 8 years....

...the tree I painstakingly made with fabric and POOL NOODLES - 8 years ago... on my own volition (That's PRE-Pinterest peeps!).

That poor innocent tree suddenly didn't pass the test.

The fire marshall test. 

The test the poor tree NEVER had to take in all of its previous years.

A couple weeks ago the fire marshall came to visit. My principal was walking him through the rooms. After they entered, I glanced at my principal as the two men whispered in my reading center. Then my principal walked over to me with worried eyes and said, "The tree." 

NO! Not my tree! - I'm sure my expression said it all. 

That fire marshall walked over, cut a piece of my tree away, took me outside my classroom door ... and set it on fire.


Did it matter that it took him nearly 10 tries to light it on fire? Did it matter that he had to shake that fabric around to get some flames moving? Did it matter that he threw that piece of burning fabric at my feet so I could stomp it out? Apparently not.

Then he proceeded to tell me I could replace it with a fire retardant paper tree.


I reminded him that the tree hadn't been an issue for him in all of the previous years our school has existed. I don't think he cared about that. Pfft!

I told him a paper tree just wasn't going to do.

He said I had to get the problem resolved before he came back on December 4th.

So..... to make a short story FINALLY come to an end....I bought this:
I tested it on a piece of  the tree fabric and there were no flames. So I went in this week and sprayed the whole thing. It took the entire bottle. Now my tree is flame retardant and will hopefully pass it's test on December 4th. 

Please keep it in your thoughts. :P

On to writing.

I've been busy.

9 packs busy.

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Have a FABULOUS Thanksgiving peeps! 


  1. Awe, that stinks! We can't have anything hanging from the ceiling. He threw it at your feet? That's crazy. Some people who get a little authority let it go to their head. Hope it passes next time.

  2. Oh dear! I would definitely be spraying my tree with loads of that retardant too!! Hope it passes! :) Happy Thanksgiving!
    Sailing into Second

  3. Whoa! You've been seriously busy! I don't know how you find the time.
    I dunno but that fire marshall seems kind of extreme to me ... Control issues maybe:? :)


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