With Halloween over, and Mom having changed her concrete goose from a witch to a pilgrim, it’s time to turn my attention to Thanksgiving. As a school psychologist in Scumble River, a small town in Central Illinois, my year revolves around the holidays—and not just because I get those days off.
School personnel generally decorate their rooms with the monthly holiday theme, and a lot dress for the holiday as well. In fact, the staff at Scumble River Junior High makes it a bit of a competition. And it’s cheating to wear the same outfit twice. Since I’m itinerant, and am usually only at the junior high two days a week, it’s a little easier for me to come up with six or seven fall sweaters, and six or seven Christmas tops. But I have no idea how the rest of the faculty manages to have fifteen to twenty ensembles—let alone, store them the rest of the year.