The News is Out


Maniac Magee ran into my classroom before school started this morning, his voice at full volume, his feet tumbling to get through the door. Outside, a handful of last year’s group sat and watched through the window, awaiting the confirmation, admiring his courage to barge in and demand an answer. I asked the usual assortment of early morning visitors, including some kids I never actually taught, to wait with the others outside.

“You know, that’s not really how you should ask a woman if she’s pregnant. Instead, you should use a quiet voice, and ask if I’m going to have a baby.”

“Okay, are you going to have a baby?”

He could not hold himself still for an answer, but his voice was a little quieter.

“Yes, I’m going to have a baby.”

A pause combined with a look of genuine concern. “It’s alright, accidents happen.”

“No, honey, I want this baby, it’s not an accident.”

I realized then that everything he knew about babies was being called into question. Poor kid.

“But it will ruin your career!”

I tried not to laugh, I knew his heart was in the right place. We chatted for a few minutes. He was still incredulous I would make this decision by choice. I explained I don’t like a lot of attention, that he needed to be quiet about my news.

Still, I knew it was no use. He had an audience waiting.

“SHE IS AND IT’S ON PURPOSE!” he exclaimed to his small throng, once my door was closed behind him.

I could not help but laugh. He could not help but spread the news. It was exactly the reaction I dreaded when I told my thirty new students yesterday. They, of course, were sweet and quiet, supportive with silent signals as I asked for as little attention as possible.

Last year’s class, well, they’re a different beast. A beast I love and miss, still gathered noisily outside my door.

I guess the news is out.

18 thoughts on “The News is Out”

  1. Congratulations, Olivia! What a sweet little boy, but oh man about his response! It will not ruin your career! It will enrich you life and make you a better person, teacher and student of life. I know as a teacher your students teach you a lot, but there is nothing like your own child to love. Very happy for you!


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