Of course I couldn't let that special date and time go by :) I decided to make it my 'moment' for Alexa's December Simply A Moment, and here's how that moment panned out...
I get to my papercrafts class just after 12 noon. The term has actually finished for everyone else, but I had to miss a week back in October due to a fracture clinic appointment - thankfully my broken foot only resulted in one missed class, thanks to a combination of luck, determination, an unfortunate misdiagnosis and a perfectly timed 2-week half term holiday! The building is so much quieter than usual without the other students. It also means I can go straight into my teaching room rather than waiting for the previous class to finish up and leave, which makes a nice change, since they're usually running late. I'm pleased to see that the kitchen area opposite the office is not out of action, as I'd been warned it probably would be; it's due to be refurbished over the Christmas break and the manager had told me that we'd probably have to do without hot drinks today. I'll be able to have a cup of tea after all!
I quickly unpack my supplies from my rucksack and double check that I do have everything I need, though it's a bit late to do anything about it if I don't! I pop into the office to pick up my register and check for messages, and to exchange quick greetings with the volunteers there. I return to the room to find that 3 of my students are already here. We chat about the surprising and very localised snow that fell overnight - the students who have travelled just a couple of miles from the south didn't have any, and as our conversation is repeated as others arrive we discover that only those living in the immediate vicinity actually had the snow that lies thickly on the tree branches visible from the classroom window.
I check my watch to see that it's nearly 10 past 12 now. I'm surprised that more people haven't arrived, though I have received 'apologies' from 1 or 2. It does at least mean that there are plenty of supplies to go round, and I sort them into piles for each individual while joining in the discussion about the progress of our Christmas shopping and plans for Christmas food. Class starts at 12:15 so more students are likely to arrive yet, but it's nice to have a small enough number for once that we can all join in one conversation.
I glance again at my watch. 12:12 approaches. There's a pause in the conversation which gives me the opportunity to say, 'Ladies! May I just draw your attention to the fact that it is now 12:12 on 12/12/12!' They express polite interest, but clearly I'm the only one who really finds this special and noteworthy. That's OK, I've marked it in my own small way, and that will do me. I briefly wonder what I'll be doing next year at 09:10 on 11/12/13, or perhaps 11:23 on 5/8/13 (which, as we all know, is the Fibonacci sequence), then turn my attention again to my smaller than usual class. It's time to begin. Let's make some Christmas cards!
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