Thursday, September 12, 2013

Keys


For many years Mr. C. has carried the heavy key chain, arriving at school long before dawn. He is the one to keep the building safe, the grounds clear, and everything running correctly. There are always things to fix, rooms to clean, and there is plenty of regular maintenance.

Some people may think his job isn’t very important, but he knows that it is. He does this for the kids, who count on him to keep them safe. He holds the keys to the school, and school is the key to their future.


Story & Image by: McGuffy Ann Morris

Word Prompt: Key

35 comments:

  1. Great little story in six sentences.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you. I have known a couple of school custodians who were great people and really cared. They were very hard workers and family guys. We trust these people to help keep our schools safe; we need to appreciate them.

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  3. My Dad was the school custodian .... I think he was the most loved guy in the place with kids and teachers!

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    1. Bill's dad worked a second job as a school custodian. When he retired from trucking, he kept that job until he passed.

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  4. I've always felt that the school custodian is INTEGRAL to a school; and when I was teaching I always knew the importance of maintaining a good relationship with him..as he was really indispensible!

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    1. I agree, Mary. Where would we be without these hardworking people?

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  5. This story brought back good memories of school janitors, as they were called way back then, that were are much a part of our school experience as were the teachers. Not only did they look after the building, they also looked after us students and the teachers, cleaning up after kids who got sick, boosting car batteries for stranded teachers, airing up our basketballs and bike tires, looking after scraped knees and elbows when the nurse wasn't available, and watching out for kids who needed a warm jacket or a bit of guidance or protection. I think in many ways they were the unsung heroes, I still remember their names! Thank you for a great addition to Six Sentence Stories this week, it made me smile!

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    1. That is exactly why I wrote this, to honour the guys with the keys. They were the first one there, and the last to leave. They did what they were asked, what was needed. Bless their hearts.

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  6. Mr. C is as important to that school as the Principal! Everybody plays their part! Great story!

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    1. Thanks, Pat. It is wonderful when everyone does their part!

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  7. I stopped by to say hello, since I haven't seen you in a while. Wishing you a great autumn!Wendell says hello.

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    1. Hi Patrice & Wendell! I will have to get over to The Farm more often! Hugs!

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  8. Mr. C is indeed important and he's very smart to think in those terms.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Mr. C. cares, as so many do. We need to remember them.

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  9. People underestimate the importance of his work -- executives, or school principals for that matter, can't get their work done if the wastebaskets overflow and the toilets are dirty. That goes for all of us in the service industries.

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    1. I very much agree. I am all for respecting the blue collar worker. They are the ones who do the hard work, the dirty work, and often don't get credit. Coming from a long line of them, I respect them.

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  10. Definitely a job that goes underappreciated. I remember when I was in the 8th grade and in Home Ec class there were small groups of 4 of us and each group was supposed to invite a teacher from the school into our class to eat a meal we had prepared. Our group chose the janitor. I don't know if he thought our food was any good (it probably wasn't-ha) but we did try to make him feel appreciated!

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    1. This is a wonderful story! I am sure that he was thrilled with the meal, and that he was chosen! What a great thing to do!

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  11. Nice use of the prompt. The story reminds me of my hubby. He carried a loaded key ring. He was a maintenance super for 240 apartments - important key keeper to many people.

    Thanks for the comment on my post about Little Man. I agree, we seem to have several things in common.

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    1. My dad was a super for apartments, too! We do have several things in common, Rae!

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  12. I am getting repetitive but girl, you rock!

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  13. Enjoyable and truthful. Every person and every job is important and anything to do with the world's children is especially important. Janet

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    1. Well said. I agree with you. Thank you for your comments. I appreciate them.

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  14. That is a lovely special tribute to those warm and fuzzy key keepers, sidewalk clearers and snow shovelers! I have been lucky enough to know custodians from all over the country and they rock!

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  15. oh, this made me think of Mr. Gordon...our elementary school custodian. How we all loved him! So kind and so patient. Yes, too often we forget those who make our lives run so smoothly. I loved this. Here's to the key-keepers!

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  16. love it... so sad that so many people are not thought of as "important" because they don't fit into a particular stereotype. most often these "forgotten" people are the most important...

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  17. Dear McGuffy Ann, thanks for another evocative story--in six sentences. You are a whiz at this. Maybe that's because you are a poet and are inspired to say so much with so few words. Peace.

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  18. I remember one special janitor in elementary school, Mr.Cook. He was just like the Mr. C in your story. He lived at the end of our street and had a beautiful yard. We weren't allowed to walk on his grass. Funny what we remember.

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