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the wardrobe malfunction

< by Brennan >

Showing off your undergarments is a personal, intensely private experience. When was the last time you tried on underwear and walked out of the dressing room to ask for an opinion? Dreamt you got to school in your skivvies just as the bell rang?

Teaching a classroom of 28 second graders can lead to some rather hectic moments. Each child is like their own individual roller coaster, twists and turns coming when you least expect them, never quite sure what is coming next. It gives yield to some amazing moments of emotion and sympathy, anger, and frustration. And that’s just from the teacher.

Caught up in a particularly passionate moment of explaining long division β€” you would be surprised how energized the sensation of remembering basic math can make you feel β€” I lost control of my eraser; it clattered to the floor. Bending down to pick it up, I realized my shirt had come untucked in the back and my pants were a little loose a moment too late. The damage was done.

Embarrassment comes in many forms, but redemption is universally sweet. As my kids left for the day, one of my students pulled me down and whispered: “It’s ok, Mr. Lowery. I like SpongeBob too.”


Photo by RLEVANS


  Jorie wrote @

Congrats on being freshly pressed! Your stories are always a joy to read.

  matusguziar wrote @

A good punch line. made me giggle. ;D

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Thank you, Matus, and good luck on your journey. Sounds like you have some big decisions and adventures in your near future!

  originaltitle wrote @

I love the raw honesty of students! I’ve had many similar moments in the classroom, most of them revolved around me accidentally knocking something over or running into something while impassioned by a particularly great question or by a short monologue on my love for a work of art we were studying which yielded many snickers, but sometimes empathy and support too! Great post, thanks for sharing.

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Working with kids is such an adventure. I (this is Jill speaking) had the privilege of teaching next door to Brennan for a couple years and witnessed many unforgettable moments. On a different note, your blog is visually stunning. I’m so happy to have discovered it!

  originaltitle wrote @

Thanks so much and thank you for taking the time to look at it! I really like the format of your blog as well and look forward to following you!

  motherhoodisanart wrote @

So funny!!!

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Thanks for the support, Melissa! I (Jill) just read your “about” page and laughed out loud when you described your littlest one as “completely destructive.” I played that role in my family, too πŸ™‚ Here’s another story you might like: https://abreakfastserial.com/2012/08/30/caught-blue-handed/

  Rajini Kumar wrote @

Reblogged this on Rajnie's Blog and commented:
It always is a fun being a teacher and especially to little kids. They teach us a lot in return, if we are willing to learn. πŸ™‚

  abreakfastserial wrote @

I totally agree, Rajini! Children are so full of honesty and hope β€” they give me a reason to see the world with fresh eyes. (from Jill)

  iamtheinvisiblehand wrote @

that was so funny…kudos for taking it with a smile.

My 6 yo is all about being honest (regardless whether the outcome is flattering or insulting), so I can relate to what you’ve described.

congrats on being FP

  randommango21 wrote @

That is soo cute ^_^
Congrats on Freshly Pressed! πŸ™‚

Check out mine too?

  abreakfastserial wrote @

I sure will! Looks like you’ve got some writing chops! Would you consider contributing a story of your own? Here’s some ideas if you’re interested! https://abreakfastserial.com/about/upcoming-series/

  howanxious wrote @

Oh! Wow… that is an amazing child, consoling the teacher. I love the incredulous nature of the kids, with no prejudice, no misconceptions.

  New Heights Dance Ministry wrote @

Unfortunately people do it all the time, it’s called the beach.

  sportsandthecross wrote @

Teachers always have the best stories! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  abreakfastserial wrote @

I appreciate your support! I just checked out your blog and find it entirely fascinating. One of the writers for this blog (Nate) is a professional sports writer and editor. He’s also a man of a prayerful stripe. You might like this story, although it’s not specifically about faith: https://abreakfastserial.com/2012/09/07/unnecessary-roughness/

  sportsandthecross wrote @

Wow thank you!! That really means a lot! How cool, I will check that out for sure!

  muddledmom wrote @

Whew. At least they were appropriate! My kids have told me about thongs their teachers wear. And tattoos in that area. I would love to hear this story after school one day! Congrats on FP!

  segmation wrote @

Hopefully since they were 2nd graders they didn’t know what they were seeing?

  fileyourstory wrote @

Hahaha! Such a good read. Something similar happened to me once but that person wasn’t as polite as your student >.<

  Jeremy Truitt wrote @

Haha I love it. My son is in 2nd grade so I know what you’re feeling! Great post!

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  mgibbon2 wrote @

Congrats on being freshly pressed! I was looking for something to brighten my day and this post did the trick! Your students sound like a lot of fun, I will be back to read more of your stories!! πŸ™‚

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Thanks for the support, Mariah! There are a bunch of other school- and kid-related posts on the site, so run a tag search and enjoy! This one is a particular favorite: https://abreakfastserial.com/2012/08/30/caught-blue-handed/

  Soul Walker wrote @

So I actually clicked over here when I saw the picture of the breakfast… apparently I’m really hungry… but this is awesome, none the less. That is hilarious.

  lexy3587 wrote @

πŸ™‚ that’s adorable

  HipsterApproved.net wrote @

I have a pair of drawers just like those!

  madhaus7 wrote @

What an ending! That’s how a nice, quick, funny blog is done.

  5thingstodotoday wrote @

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  abreakfastserial wrote @

I’ll definitely check this out and get back to you! I’m all about blogs that make life better, and yours seems to fit that category πŸ™‚

  Jessica wrote @

Haha what a funny and sweet thing to do! This story definitely cheered up my day.

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Glad to hear it! That’s the goal of the blog πŸ™‚ It’s the good-morning version of a good-night story.

  notedinnashville wrote @

Well, who doesn’t like SpongeBob?!? Great post. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Thanks Anita!

  Snapfairy wrote @

Great post! Kids are so darn cute and the main reason why I became a teacher : ) Keep up the good work!

  ashanam wrote @

A good story, well told.

  iRuniBreathe wrote @

Lovely to be reminded that we are all human, and like the same things, whatever our age.
Congrats on the FP!

  raw milk marathon wrote @

love it, thanks for sharing!

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Hi Jane! Your blog is so sweet and beautiful. I wish you and your husband (and the kitties!) all the best.

  Grumpa Joe wrote @

Bloomer hilarious.

  the second serving wrote @

A story that can only be real because how would you ever make that up!! Too funny. Being able to laugh at yourself during moments of serious humiliation is definitely important.. Well done

  mboke wrote @

lol… the damage has done and you are freshly press. *check my undergarment. Oh it’s not spongebob day but patrick’s

  amphomma wrote @

As mommy to a third-grade boy, I can imagine the class’ reactions. How clever and sympathetic of one of your students to try to help you feel better about it! I enjoyed the way that you told the story with simplicity and humor, and with just the right ending. I look forward to reading more of this blog!

  Micah wrote @

First of all, congratulations on being featured on Freshly Pressed! Second, thank you for sharing – definitely worth starting the day right with a smile. πŸ™‚ I think this is adorable. πŸ™‚

  Cafe wrote @

Awww! That is so sweet! And hey, nothing wrong with having a little fun with your undergarments =P

  SaqibReports wrote @

So will this bring about any changed to the wardrobe? πŸ˜‰

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Haha! Knowing Brennan, it’s more likely he’ll bust out the whole cast β€” Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs…

  groovylove wrote @

Love it!!! Thanks for sharing your unfortunate moment, and giving us all a good laugh. And congrats on being Freshly Pressed!!

  bublibeauty wrote @

Amazing . loved it . thank u for sharing

  Malkire wrote @

As a fellow teacher I can totally relate. One of my favorite stories is that of a friend who teaches in pre-k. A student asked, “When do you grow hair under your arms?” My friend responded with an age appropriate and thoughtful answer and the little student responded, “I can see your underarm hair.” Got to love the honesty that children provide! Teaching is such a joy and those moments bring humor and reflection to the job

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Haha! I can think of at least a few students who would point that out. Sometimes I wish adults would be as honest, but I suppose it only really works in the context of well-meaning innocence πŸ™‚

  ladyandsons wrote @

Enjoyed your story

  kthorpe wrote @

Ha! LOVED this πŸ˜€

  w3bmoon wrote @


  bravesmartbold wrote @

Look at you!!!!! Freshly Pressed and on my favorite subject. I’ve also spent the last few days with my son’s teachers trying to apologize for his constant movement while still wondering how they expect him to sit still like an adult. I’m glad you haven’t forgotten how to be a kid. It makes a great teacher.

  abreakfastserial wrote @

I hold a special place in my heart for you because you started reading (and have been SO loyal!) long before I got pressed. Thanks for sticking with our stories, and for contributing to such a strong blogging community!

  bravesmartbold wrote @

It was easy. You write so well.

  TheWordpressGhost wrote @

Kids can be a breath of fresh air.

Congrats on freshly pressed.

Hope to read more soon, stop by and chat at my site.


  thelittlethoughtsthatmatter wrote @

omg! hilarious πŸ˜€

  thelittlethoughtsthatmatter wrote @

and am so surely sharing on my fb πŸ˜€

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Thanks for the support, Sara!

  Washington, DC wrote @

Children have a way of making you feel so special. Like the concept of this blog.

  brookenado wrote @

This just made my day, thanks for sharing such a great story! A well deserved Freshly Pressed, congrats.

Oh, and I’ll admit…I like Spongebob, too! πŸ™‚

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Thank you very much! Good luck in your studies!

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