In the bag were a pair of coral polka-dot PJ's and a pair of kelly green & white checkered shorts. I am still not clear as to why I owned these items.
3 months later, on my birthday, a mysterious package appeared at my birthday party.
I opened it to discover that Annette had given me my own ugly pants back as a present! How sweet.
I proceeded to turn the pants into a gigantic pillow, with my sister's help. Here it is:
I got my boss -- the principal of the school and the best practical joker ever -- to play along. In the pocket of the shorts-pillow, I put a note that said "gotcha!" After placing the pillow in a huge box, I wrapped it in beautiful glossy green paper with a giant white bow (our school colors). I wrote a letter of "thanks" from the children of Honduras to Annette, expressing gratitude for all of her efforts in the charity.
The principal read the letter aloud at a faculty meeting and presented her with the gift -- in front of 200 other teachers and staff.
The best moment was when she pulled the monstrosity out of the box. The whole audience just kind of stared at it, unblinking. I am sure every single person was silently thinking, "what in the hell?!?!?" Then she yelled my name aloud and everyone applauded with laughter.
She did get me back.
A year later, there was a high school art show at the local museum. Kids kept going past me saying, "Hey, Miss G, nice pillow!" When I got to the Teacher Art Exhibit table, there it was, proudly displayed under glass with a placard that read, Pantaloons Revisited by S. Girl.
To this day, Annette has the Pants Pillow in her classroom and it's a favorite for her students.
I love a good joke!!!