Just the Cat

Thursday night is dad and daughter time with Katie. We talked about her recent trip to the apple orchard with her class and about the events of the day. Just before going to sleep, she asked me to tell her a story.

One afternoon after recess, Katie, Emma, and Lauren walked into the first grade classroom to use the bathroom. When they were finished, they opened the door a crack to see what the rest of the class was doing. “Oh no!” said Emma, Miss Simons is already teaching the class!” The three girls were embarrassed and didn’t know exactly what they should do. If they interrupted their teacher, they might get in trouble. “What should we do?”

Lauren decided that she would open the door a little wider and run to her seat when Miss Simons wasn’t looking. But when she tried to open the door, it made a loud creaking sound. Her teacher and the rest of the class turned and looked at the door. “Who is in the bathroom?” said Miss Simons. Lauren was so embarrassed that she did the first thing she could think of. She pretended to be a cat. “Mee-owww!” Thinking it was just a cat, Miss Simons turned back to her lesson and continued the lesson. This was just the opportunity Lauren needed. She quickly ran to her seat before anyone noticed.

However, Emma and Katie were still in the bathroom. “What should we do?” They whispered for a while before Emma finally decided to open the door and take a look. But as soon as she did, the door made a loud creaking sound. Miss Simons and the rest of the class turned and looked at the door. “Who is in the bathroom?” she said. Emma was so embarrassed that she did the same thing Lauren had done. “Mee-owww!” Thinking it was just a cat, Miss Simons turned back to her lesson and continued to teach. This was just the opportunity Emma needed. She quickly ran to her seat before anyone noticed.

But Katie was still stuck in the little bathroom. “What should I do?” After thinking for a while, Katie decided to open the door and run to her seat. But as soon as she pushed on the door, it made a loud creaking sound. Miss Simons and the rest of the class turned and looked at the door. “Who is in the bathroom?” she said. Katie was very embarrassed. And not knowing what else to do, she yelled, “It’s just the cat!”