There are many smells one doesn't want associated with oneself and I'm sure I could come up with many. But the smell that I have had several people remark on around me is particularly bad for an elementary school teacher. When your children come home from school and you ask them how their day went, I bet you aren't hoping to hear, " I had a good day. And did you know my teacher smells like beer?" Yup, that is what I keep hearing.
The first time was a couple of months ago at a meeting. We were in a small room and a few people remarked that it smelled like beer. I didn't think much of it, I certainly didn't think of myself as the smellee. We all had a good laugh thinking of stories as to why the room smelled like stale beer. The idea of drinking a beer in this building is not one I ever entertain.
Then one day walking down the hall with my class a student remarked that it smelled like beer. I jumped on that pretty quickly and said they were probably just smelling my lotion, it certainly wasn't beer. (At the time I didn't really think it was my lotion. I was just trying to preempt any home conversations.)
Time passes.........then yesterday a teacher I work with mentioned that she smelled beer and I was the only person around. I said maybe it really was my lotion. (Body Shop - cranberry body butter) Today a different teacher mentioned it in a different room when I was standing next to her. Enough already. Last I visited my son after school and he wondered why it smelled so much like beer in the room. He said it multiple times. When I told him I was beginning to think it was my lotion he told me he would get rid of it if he was me. He also told me it has really smelled like beer in my car before but he didn't want to say anything. Now I am wondering if parents who stopped in the classroom before school - today for instance - thought the same thing! Horrors! Seriously! Huge horrors!
So....... I came home and looked to see how much of this lotion I have. I am too cheap to throw it out. I have moved it downstairs next to the rocking chair where I am apt to put lotion on my feet at night. Yeah, exciting evening adventure right?
Hopefully I have nailed it - it is this lotion and I can stop using it in public. Maybe Jamoosh and MCM Mama would want to smell like beer but this 3/4 teacher wants to keep her job and needs this odor to disappear pronto!
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