Rae was the principal at our middle school. I was the guidance counselor. Sid was the school secretary. Each morning Rae would arrive with coffee cup in hand. She stopped by the workshop and had a morning smoke with the custodians. She would ask for suggestions on what needed to be done for the day, then ask about their families and then she would head to her office. Each morning, Rae, Sid and I would meet to plan the day.
It was a challenge for Sid and me to 'rearrange' so that the average person would not notice...and vary the items that were 'rearranged' each day. Our fun began when Rae walked in and our morning meeting would begin. The whole time we would be chatting Rae would be straightening everything that was out of place. Sid and I would always look at each other...smiles on our faces. I am sure we looked quite guilty, but Rae was so focused on the discussion that she seemed unaware that she was having to put things back in order.
After months of doing this (not every day) we finally broke down and told Rae. She was busy putting things in order, all the while talking about the day. She finally noticed our faces...we could contain ourselves no longer. We all had a good laugh. What a fun office we had. Thanks, Valerie for bringing back a fun memory.
After writing this, I look at my desk and wonder what Rae would think. So I took a before and after picture. The first is just how I saw it...the second is how Rae would probably have it.