new chairs and a teaching story…

Over the winter, this is what our kitchen table looked like


Those metal chairs were a dumb, dumb, dumb decision. I needed side chairs in a pinch and the price was right, but I knew from the get-go that they weren’t working.

So I finally did something about it.


Isn’t that SO much better?

Now before you go thinking it’s all sunshine and lollipops, let me give it to ya straight.

The good, the bad, and the ugly  a hilarious teaching story that has nothing to do with chairs.

The good?

I LOVE the way these  Restoration Hardware chairs look.

They are the Madeleine in Weathered Oak Drifted.

At $99 bucks a chair, the price is certainly right.

They are relatively comfortable. The seat cushions help with the comfort. I’m glad I ordered them.

They are pretty sturdy. We are not “stick people” and they hold us up just fine.  Even a certain almost 15 year old that insists on rearing back in his chair.

The bad?

You know the old adage, you get what you pay for?

The one big negative on these chairs is that the wood is rough. And I mean rough.

Like if you are wearing a sweater to dinner you’re gonna be unraveled by dessert kinda rough.

And you’ll be “showin yo-self.”

Oh. my. goodness.

I just realized I never shared with you one of my funniest teaching stories EVER.

My first year of teaching, I taught first grade.

I was fresh out of college, bright eyed and wanted to change the world…one six year old at a time. :)

My students called me snow white because I had dark hair, fair skin, and was the sweetest teacher ever. Awwww…

Now they are 28 years old. Which makes me feel like a dinosaur.

Old-lady-a-saurus. ;)

Anyway…one of my most adorable students, Brandon decided in the middle of our reading lesson that liberally applying glue stick to his chapped lips was a wonderful idea.

Not his first infraction of the day, mind you and I was at the end of my rope.

So I called him out into the hall to let him know that this behavior would not be tolerated.

Let me set the stage…this was 1991, when white “puffy” shirts (remember the Seinfeld episode?) were in style.


Now mine didn’t look exactly like this. It was way less pirate-y and came down into a “v ” in front.

Not a low, “hoochy v“…just a regular ol “v”. But the shirt was very blousy.

So I bent over to talk to Brandon (6 year olds are short and I’m 5′ 7, so that was a big bend…but making eye contact on their level rather than towering down always seemed appropriate to me… ya know, being snow white and all)

and asked him what in the wide, wide world of sports he was thinking putting glue stick on his lips and didn’t he know how unsanitary that was and why was he determined to be on my very last nerve, yada, yada…

and wrapped this very long lecture up with a

Do you understand, Brandon?”

And I will never forget this as long as I live…

His reply:

His eyes were huge as saucers and he says to me…

Yes, ma’am.”

But Miss Snider?” (maiden name)

“Yes, Brandon?”

Yo showin yo-self.”





19 Responses to new chairs and a teaching story…

  1. Karen May 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Glue stick story #2
    A friend had very chapped lips and they just keep getting worse and worse. His wife got tired of him complaining about how chapped his lips were and said for god sakes use some Chapstick!! and he said I have been. and she knowing that they were out of Chapstick said what Chapstick? and he said the stuff by the phone and she said YOU IDIOT THAT”S A GLUE STICK!
    True story!
    I got an easy-off story that evolves my husband…..true!!
    Glad you’re back!

  2. Stacey May 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Oh my gosh you kill me! I’m a teacher too and we do have stories to tell!! I totally love that one. Last year I was helping one of my 5th grade students get caught up with her social studies assignments and she just so happened to be studying the American Revolution. She asked me if I was alive then. When I told her NO that it was hundreds of years ago she said, “Well you have that thing under your neck.” She was referring to skin…you know I’m 49…and it’s not that noticeable dangit!

  3. Gina May 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Literally laughing out loud!! The acronym just wasn’t good enough!! ;) Loved the “puffy shirt” episode. :D I like the new chairs too. Chairs are hard to find and so expensive. I bought an Ethan Allen table years ago but went to the unfinished furniture place for chairs. I don’t love them but just couldn’t stomach spending the money on the matching chairs. Very true that you do get what you paid for. :)

  4. Erin May 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Ha! That is hilarious! Poor snow white;) Don’t you miss the sweet innocence of all those children? I do love the new chairs, but the old were very cool too!

  5. Stacey@ A Sort Of Fairytale May 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    dying! too funny. I love the chairs and can’t believe Restoration Hardware sells anything for $99! I have some similar from World Market and 1 busted already, AND I believe they were just a bit more each than RH. Grrrrrrr!

  6. Angela May 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Why did you dislike the metal chairs? Where did you end up putting them? I think I have a chair fetish…. I just bought the KooBoo chairs from World Market this week to replace some nice Hickory Chair dining chairs – just so I could change it up every now and then.


  7. Andrea May 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Haha love that story! I considered those very chairs, but went with an upholstered option. I thought they were really comfy when I sat me ole patootie in them. I was quite surprised! They look perfect in your dining room. I’m still totally in love with your sideboard. It is such a special piece.

  8. Lenka May 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Ha, I remember this story !
    Your use of your Alabama accent as you told your story had me horizontal on the floor at
    ” The Bin”.
    Still laughing……

  9. Michelle May 23, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    Oh my goodness I love it…. I work with elementary aged children and the stories I have to tell are priceless.
    At Thanksgiving the kindergarten students came to lunch wearing Pilgrim hats. As I was checking out(I’m a lunch lady) one little girl I commentated on how nice her hat was. It was untied and she asked me if I could tie it for her. As I was tying her hat, she asked when my birthday was and how old i was. I was honest and said 43. Her reply was boy oh boy you are ancient and then she wanted to know If I was born in Pilgrim days and did I have a real hat like hers?

    Love your new chairs.

  10. Donnamae May 23, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    Kids do say the darndest things…great story! ;)

  11. Linda May 23, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    Hilarious! You are back with a bang.

  12. JaneEllen May 23, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    It’s even worse when your own kids tell people things about you that you don’t necessarily want known by anybody, didn’t know they knew. Yeah kids sure do say the darnedest things. It’s a hoot tho and at least we have stories to tell then. Bless their little pea pickin’ hearts.
    I wasn’t a teacher but had a day care for couple years. Oh boy do they tell things about their parents. I had to muzzle my mutt several times to keep from laughing out loud.
    Love your new chairs, give them all a good sanding.

  13. Patricia May 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Ha Ha !! Out of the mouth of babes………Hey – he was just lettin’ you know….. !

  14. Gwen May 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Glad you are back & I love your new approach.

  15. david May 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    That’s hilarious!
    Now I want to hear from 28 year old Brandon. I imagine he became a huge Disney fan……..

  16. Debra@CommonGround May 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    you’re crazy and I love it!!

  17. Jan Fusco May 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Too funny! I can certainly relate, being a retired teacher of 35 years, 25 being in kindergarten. Kids certainly speak their mind and come out with some hilarious stuff. I just love your humor and it’s so good to have you back. I do love the look of your chairs. Hope they don’t do too much damage to clothing. Don’t show yo’ self.

  18. Nita{ModVintageLife} May 28, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    Love the new chairs! They are perfect. Loved the first grade story. My Mom taught first grade for over 40 years. She had many funny stories but one that happened her last year was she farted in front of the class. This had never happened before and she was mortified. Little Johnny said…”Ms Stacy pooted!” And she said to him…”Yes, Johnny, I did…I am sorry sometimes that accidentally happens.” “I’m sure it has happened to all of you.” And they all agreed and laughed.

    But Mom came home saying she was so embarrassed. She’d gone all those years without that happening…why could she not have made through her very last year?

  19. Leslie June 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Where are your upholstered chairs and table from? I love the whole set!

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