In 5th grade, Jen Carsen had a teacher who was, as she described, a bit of an “odd duck.”
This teacher—we’ll call her Ms. Duck—consistently did strange things. She wore bizarre, old-timey shoes, and big, old-fashioned cat-eye glasses. And every single day for lunch, she brought in a grilled cheese sandwich and microwaved it, so she ended up with this mysterious soggy concoction of bread and cheese.
She also had something against a boy in class named Doug.
Nobody knew what it was—Doug was relentlessly ordinary. He didn’t talk back, he didn’t cause trouble, and he generally handed in his homework on time.
But Ms. Duck never seemed particularly fond of him—and things came to a head when Doug ran for class president…and won.
For some reason, Ms. Duck wasn’t happy. And instead of keeping it to herself, she spearheaded a movement to impeach the ten-year-old class president.
“Jen?” Ms. Duck asked, and Jen looked up, curious. “Will you make a motion to remove Doug from office?”
Confused and young and caught up in the whole production, Jen made a motion. Somebody else seconded the motion, and before they knew it, little Doug had been impeached. Everybody looked around at each other. What just happened? Was Doug upset? Nobody seemed to know what to do. Ms. Duck swiftly installed Jen as the new president, but before everyone could really make things right with Doug, he moved away.
The strangeness of the impeachment hung over the classroom for the rest of the year, under the watchful eye of those cat-eyed glasses.
To this day, Jen really doesn’t know where Doug ended up—but for the sake of irony, let’s imagine he’s holding office somewhere.
Maybe as a governor, or maybe as the president of the homeowner’s association—and probably with a severe aversion to grilled cheese.
Jen Carsen is the author of the blog Mommy Tries, and has not held any public office since 5th grade.
Latest posts by Dressler Parsons (see all)
- 5 Must-Know Budgeting Tips to Prepare your College-Bound Teen - February 12, 2015
- 9 Tips to Help Your Student Get That 4.0 - February 10, 2015
- 4 Tips to Avoid Fraud When Applying for Financial Aid - February 9, 2015
- 7 Writing Tips to Make Your Student’s Essays Easier - February 4, 2015
- 11 Things to Do On Your College Visit - February 2, 2015