Back in July I wrote about a colleague who fired a tissue-bullet from his nose during a moment of high excitement.
I thought the incident would remain a mystery, my colleague preferring to remain enigmatic about the nasal-missile, and I didn’t find it becoming to ask a fellow-teacher how he’d managed to get so much tissue stuck inside his head, a part of the body which I’d previously believed to be dedicated to tasks such as storage of the eyes, airways, and such brain matter as the person may possess.
Now, through sheer serendipity, I think I have discovered how the tissue projectile came to be lodged behind my respected colleague’s face.
I gave a lesson (sort of) last month where a girl was browsing through a magazine about make-up (or some similar topic) when she was supposed to be mindlessly copying from the board.
In full accordance with my training I said ‘Put that magazine away or I’ll eat it’. (Bungling fool!)
The girl said ‘Yeah, yeah, just a moment’. (Only reasonable, yes, I know)
I could see her eyes were scanning the page at a furious pace. It was a really good effort to finish the paragraph she was on.
But then my mouth did this: Muscles twitched into action, air started blasting up through my trachea, and the tongue waved, the lips wobbled, and this sound flooded out from the big stupid orifice -
‘Right theeeeen! Luuuunch time aah yuuuum’
= ‘Right, then! Lunch time!’ (Blithering idiot!)
This was the point of no return. This was the finger pressing the big red 'launch' button, the moment a pot of paint spills from the table of fate onto the Vermeer masterpiece of destiny.
I'm a teacher of my word. No matter how stupid the word is.
I pounced on the magazine like a squirrel grabbing a nut, and scampered back to the territory of my desk. I don’t know what atavistic force it was that erased the millions of evolution-years which have given the world teachers, but I tore a strip from the magazine cover, screwed it into a convenient bite-sized morsel, and started munching.
‘Well, get on with your mindless copying from the board, then!’ I growled through the 10% of my mouth that was not stuffed with Make-Up Monthly’s editorial.
‘Have you got this all written down yet?’ Munch. ‘Could be important for the exam…’ Munch.
Munch masticate munch crunch.
‘Come on, kids, I’m alright, really, just carry on copying’.
‘I don’t set mindless copying for nothing, you know’
Splurting of shredded magazine paper.
Back to teaching, the future is depending on you, Socks, you silly sod. Never mind the magazine, that’s all gone.
Or so I thought.
Now I think a tiny bit decided to stay behind my nose. I can feel it flip-flapping when I breath. I just have to shout loud enough and aim carefully, and it will end up splatting in some child's eye. I can do it any moment I please. Well, at least I don't eat tissue. That is just weird.