Not sure what happened. He's been acting a little lethargic lately, and when I got to school on Monday he was dead. So there it is.
And what else am I supposed to do but have a funeral service with my students?
For safety reasons I'm not including my favorite picture which includes my kids standing around Duncan's coffin putting on their saddest faces. Just know that it was super adorable and entirely hilarious.
So, here's what went down:
After recess we gathered in the front of the school outside our classroom window. I dug a small hole and placed Duncan in it.
Then I had the kids all line up,
take a handful of dirt, say their
goodbye, and throw the dirt in the hole. This was actually kind of tender.
I finished burying Duncan and one of the kids suggested that we sing something. We sang the only song I believed to be appropriate to the situation - The Itsy Bitsy Spider.
I told my kids on Monday that Duncan had gone the way of all the Earth, and on Tuesday morning one of my girls brought me a card. I thought it was an early birthday card, but upon opening it later that evening, I found this:
The inside reads, "Someone so much a part of us is never really gone." With the personal message, "mr.B I am sorry we lost Dunckenwe will miss him Love M."
I almost fell on the floor. SO FUNNY! My kids kill me.