It's been a very funny day today at work. Have you ever had one of those moments when something really silly and small just tickles your funny bone and you get the giggles? You laugh and laugh and laugh, tears running down your face, mascara running. Deep breaths to get yourself under control. Calmness resumes and then something crosses your mind and you are off again. Well I had one of those moments this morning. My colleague was nervously preparing for her appraisal and we were suggesting things she could use for her objectives for the next year. And then it happened. It really wasn't that funny, but I could not stop laughing. Then she started laughing, and then another colleague caught it. I had tears streaming down my face, she was trying to make me stop so she could compose herself ready for her meeting. And the more I tried to stop, the worse it got.
I had just got myself under control, having reduced it to a gentle snigger every now and again when I had a call from our IT guy. I'm working with him on something that requires us to produce usernames for parents. You literally take a forename and then a surname. I give IT guy the list of names and he enters them into the system. The IT guy just says down the phone 'You've made this up.'
'No I haven't, what are you talking about?'
'This guy's name, it must be a wind up.'
Now at this point you have to understand that at the time when a lot of our students' parents were born,we didn't have the famous burgers from the Golden Arches. So when IT guy says the name, he can't believe that this guy didn't just have parents with a cruel sense of humour.
And so began another bout of hysteria. Some days I love my job!