I must say that my students were usually very well behaved, but as Christmastime drew near, the children were excited about the upcoming season, and maintaining good behavior became more of a challenge. Dress-down days, which were school-wide, and believe me, not my idea, were especially difficult, as it is my observation that when children dress in play clothes, they want to play. These final days of Advent were as rough for the teachers who held the "No smiling before Christmas" philosophy as for those who didn't. The students looked happy, but none of the teachers were smiling now!
As it was my routine to attend the 7:00 AM Mass each morning before class started, I knelt down to say a prayer before the liturgy began. "Please God, don't let it be another day like yesterday!" As I spoke this silent prayer, my kneeler collapsed. I was stunned for a moment, and then I just had to smile. God does have a sense of humor. I think He was showing me that even when things seem to be collapsing under me, He can still put a smile on my face. My students should have been there. They missed seeing the biggest smile before Christmas!