This year Blog Action Day's theme is The Environment. I've done other posts about Climate Change that you can read here, but for today I decided to do something a little different...
“Mrs. Colby, Kristin.” Miss Tanner beamed as she turned to face the whirlwind that had just entered the classroom.
Mrs. Colby clattered the biscuit tin onto the nearest desk. Miss Tanner’s smile froze as she looked at it. “The Time Capsule project.”
Kristin had never heard her teacher speak so quietly.
“I presume you gave the children clear instructions?” Mrs. Colby folded her arms across her chest.
“Eh, yes,” Miss Tanner peered at Kristin. “Kristin was supposed to ask before she put anything in it.”
Now both Mrs. Colby and Miss Tanner were staring at Kristin and she could feel herself going red.
“And I also said to put in everyday things.” Miss Tanner’s confidence grew as Kristin’s head fell lower.
Mrs. Colby tutted and turned to Kristin.
“What exactly did you put in it?” Miss Tanner knelt down and looked at Kristin, her eyes asking for permission to open the lid.
“Everyday things.” Now it was Kristin’s voice that was small.
“It was more like my bloody flowerbeds.” Mrs. Colby’s hands flew to her hips.
Miss Tanner had not taken her eyes from Kristin and finally Kristin dared look up and nodded. Miss Tanner lifted the lid and removed the five ziplock bags containing the wilted remains of Mrs. Colby’s flowerbeds.
“I just thought that in the future there might not be any flowers and so people would like to know what they looked like. I thought they’d keep. Mummy puts things in those ziplock bags so that they keep.” A tear spilled out the corner of Kristin’s eye.
“What have you been filling my daughter’s head with?” Mrs. Colby rolled her eyes.
Miss Tanner stood up and looked at Mrs. Colby. “Maybe if you had asked your daughter she could have explained. I’m sure that she did not maliciously intend to ruin your flowerbeds.”
“No flowers in the future.” Mrs. Colby scoffed.
“Well I don’t know about you Mrs. Colby.” Miss Tanner held up the bags for inspection. “But my Mum used to plant bluebells, pansies and snowdrops.”
“It just seems amazing what you’ve got in your flowerbed? Not very English country garden are they?”
“Well, the weather’s better now. We can have more variety.”
Miss Tanner raised an eyebrow. “I think that’s Kristin’s point Mrs. Colby.”
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