Hello Rain, Goodbye Books

I went to my classroom this morning. The sun shining. The temperature beginning to rise.  Just working away at organizing the kagillion trade books that I have acquired over the years. after about 3 hours, my stomach began to rumble with hunger so I thought I'd better call it quits for the day. Tomorrow's another day....I will catalogue titles, cross reference what I have at home, check who borrowed and collect, etc. At least that's what I thought. 


I was back home happily enjoying my ham and cheese sandwich. Then the thunder rolled in and the flood gates opened.  It started out raining cats and dogs.  Then within minutes it turned into elephants and hippos.  I received a call from a staff member at the school's summer camp.  She broke the news that the first floor of the school had been flooded and that my classroom had at least three inches of water on the floor.  I rushed up to the school in the downpour.  This is what I walked into:




Thank God my 15 year old son is as sweet as he is!  He helped me move 17 piles of wet books into a dry room.  I could only snap these few shots of the the piles of lost books through my tears:


You can imagine the heartbreak I felt as I called my principal in tears.  He assured me that the insurance would pay for them all.   Still, my heart aches for my lost books.

12 comments:

  1. I am so sorry. I can only imagine your heartache. :(

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  2. Oh. my. word. This makes me sick for you! I can't imagine that happening to my classroom and losing all those books. I'm so sorry!!

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  3. Oh no...:( I'm so very sorry. :( I would be devastated, as I'm sure you were--I LOVE my books. Perhaps you could create an account on donors choose to help you replace some of the titles?

    Liesl in VA
    http://wildabouttheworldofkindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  4. Thanks ladies. My husband has given me glimpse of hope reminding me that I should receive a check for the damages. Then I get to go crazy in The Bookies {a fabulous book store here in Denver}. A bit of my heaviness was lifted.

    Liesl-I have seen Donors Choose on several teacher's blogs-I will be checking into that this morning.

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  5. So, so, so sorry for you Tanya! :(

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  6. I am so sorry! I know how you feel...my hall flooded 3 years ago...I was pretty fortunate, but my neighbor lost EVERYTHING but her tables and chairs. Good Luck!

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  7. I feel for you!! There is always something positive about this...when you get your check you can go buy new ones!! You will be on cloud 9 then!
    BusyBees

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  8. I am so sorry! Losing a book, for a teacher, is like losing a good friend!
    ~ Angela
    www.millersmightyminds.blogspot.com

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  9. Aww, Angela that quote is soooo true. Thank you!!
    P.S. I love your blog

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  10. Oh, how terrible, I can only imagine! Hope you get some wonderful replacement books!! :-)

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