This Smells Good

This year I am teaching a variety of subjects and a variety of grades.  It keeps me on my toes!  This past week I was teaching primary art, and we were working on outlining our “Pop Art Hearts” (an idea I got from Art with Jenny K).  I let my students use Sharpie markers to outline, which was a pretty big deal to them considering that they are PERMANENT markers.  Anyway, this particular afternoon had been a bit hairy, it was nearing clean-up time, and honestly, I was counting down the minutes until the bell.  It was then that I heard a “sniiiifff” sound behind me, and then a quiet, “hmmm….. this smells good” from one of my students. I couldn’t even stifle a laugh.  It was that funny.  I didn’t even have to correct the student either, because one of my other students quickly piped up that Sharpie markers “are not good for you and that you shouldn’t smell them.”  What can I say?  Sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring joy.  For my student, it was experiencing the smell of a Sharpie marker for the first time.  For me, it was an overheard conversation between two primary students.