Tuesday, February 24, 2009

That Was When I Ruled the World

In my English classes, we are starting on the period in British history known as The Restoration (or The Enlightenment or The Age of Reason or any of several other names), which happened around the same period of time that the colonies grew, revolted, and became America. Since so much of the literature we read in this period consists of social commentary and satire, I spend a little more time on background information than usual, and I had my students presenting on various aspects of the period in groups today.

I also had a student selling girl scout cookies in my fourth period as the kids entered the room. So I waited until after the "Relevant Dates and Milestones" group went and mentioned the Boston tea party to charge my cookie tax, paid in cookies. They thought this was hilarious but did not pay up until I insisted "Y'all think I'm kidding. I want my cookies! If you don't want to pay, you can dump all your cookies in the Boston Harbor in an act of protest." They laughed all the way up to my desk to pay me my cookies. I collected five Thin Mints, a Trefoil, a Samoa, and a new flavor called Dulce de Leche.

When I was done I said "Now I'm going to get fat and it's all your fault. I'll have to charge you a fat tax."

It's good to be queen.

9 comments:

RJA said...

I thought I was the queen.

Secret Agent Mom said...

Be advised that a Samoa tax will be required to gain re-entry into the castle.

Jim said...

I'd have dumped my cookies in the harbor in protest. I'd rather nobody have them than give them to the man.

Sassy Molassy said...

I'm a benevolent master.

Annie said...

Wait, you have a girl scout in your class?

Sassy Molassy said...

Yep, I do. They have programs for teen girls, too.

Mel Spillman artwork said...

I know how you feel, but I was a fool...I PAID for 5 boxes from my students.
Samoas, Dos-i-dos, and Tagalongs...so, so delicious!

Rita.the.bookworm said...

That is hilarious! How cool that you have a student who has stuck with GS for that long, too!

Sweet Sassy Molassy said...

Mel, you are a sucker.
Actually, I ordered $14 worth of cookies from this girl a few months ago, but she can't find my order. I need to just buy a few boxes. I have fond memories of eating whole sleeves of Trfoils for breakfast when I was in high school.