Mr. Taylor: Ms. Page, what’s with the fridge tucked away in the corner?
Ms. Page: Is it that obvious?
Mr. Taylor: I’d say draping a rainbow-colored towel over the thing doesn’t exactly hide it.
Ms. Page: Yeah, I guess I should go for funeral-gray, shouldn’t I?
Mr. Taylor: So, a fridge?
Ms. Page: Here’s the deal. Last week, Max came in after lunch recess with a nasty bump on his elbow. He was in pain and you could almost hear the fluid and white blood cells rushing to the bump.
Mr. Taylor: Well, as long as you’re not exaggerating…
Ms. Page: Okay, okay. But it was swelling up and I sent him to the office with Jeremy and, like I said, he was in pain. And 15 minutes later, he came back with the typical sandwich bag of ice. And I figured, we’re so far away from the office, why don’t I just keep my own ice blocks ready for something like this? So I wheeled one in over the weekend.
Mr. Taylor: Whoa, whoa, I’m still stuck on your sending Jeremy with Max. Wasn’t Max already in enough pain?
Ms. Page: Just an experiment. I’m thinking Jeremy just needs a few responsibilities to distract him from his bullying.
Mr. Taylor: Orrrr, you’re opening up another opportunity for him to torment a kid.
Ms. Page: Just give me time. Besides, I thought you were interested in the fridge.
Mr. Taylor: Okay, back to the fridge. Can I keep some stuff in it?
Ms. Page: Of course, but it’ll cost you.
Mr. Taylor: No way!
Ms. Page: Just kidding, but I did send the district $50 to pay for Frieda’s estimated electricity costs.
Mr. Taylor: Frieda? You named your fridge?
Ms. Page: What can I say? I’m already attached to it. Besides, I have a whole ‘states of matter’ science unit planned where the fridge will be really helpful.
Mr. Taylor: So you sent the cash straight to the district office. Aren’t you going over the boss’s head a little bit?
Ms. Page: You know how that goes…better to ask forgiveness than permission, right? And I’m not sure it will reflect well on her if I ask the district office for my money back because my administrator wants the fridge removed.
Mr. Taylor: You’re just evil.
Ms. Page: I prefer the word ‘resourceful’, thank you. And, if you’re interested, there might be some juice bars available after school on Friday.
Mr. Taylor: Okay, now you’re not even playing fair.
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