THINGS I SMELLED AT SCHOOL TODAY

While student teaching in a public elementary school 4th grade in downtown NYC.
  1. Tacos
    Opened the classroom window for fresh air before lunch and suffered for it.
  2. Hamster Cage
    Except not in a room with a class pet. In the stairwell.
  3. Burgers
    They had burgers for lunch and they looked terrible but smelled awesome.
  4. Apple Cinnamon Candle
    The parents got me a gift for Halloween (is that a thing?), and I just got it today because I'm only in the classroom on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  5. My frittata
    Heated it in the classroom microwave at lunch and everything smelled of garlic after and I felt just a little bad.
  6. Fear
    Report cards came out today. Parent/teacher conferences are tomorrow.
  7. Children
    Kind of like wet leaves? But more subtle. Insidious. Ever present.
  8. Disinfectant?
    Something smelled like Bath & Body Words Plumeria on the 3rd floor. Mystery. Except probably disinfectant.