I'm Spilling The Beans
I'm going to share a story
That happens to be true
Because it's sometimes good to laugh at ourselves,
I think. Don't you?
It happened in first year high.
It was a funny scene!
I'd like to share this memory.
Yes. I'm spilling the beans...
Our science teacher was telling us
All about capillary action.
He invited us to try an experiment.
The creative challenge was quite an attraction!
So at home, I did just so...
Found a jar and paper towels, as said.
I artistically attached the beans...
But no growth? I scratched my head...
" I've done all he told us.
I never let the water dry! "
So I approached the teacher, telling him,
" They've not grown! I don't know why! "
So, on his request
I took it in to show him.
His response was kind, was tactful
And after a long and thought filled grin,
He asked me what kind of beans I used.
" Baked .. Broad .. Kidney, with some shells to decorate. '
Then I added, ' Maybe they didn't grow
Because they are well out of date! "
Though I was proud of my ( messy ) masterpiece,
Bear in mind I was only eleven,
He had to disappear to laugh
To ask for help from heaven.
On return, he brought three beans.
He had something important to show...
" In processing, this bit gets cut off
That's why yours didn't grow. "
When he turned, I hurried off
With a face as red as rose.
My friend caught sight of me and asked,
" What are you doing with those? "
We laughed, she thought me crazy
To give it another try.
But two weeks later I informed the teacher,
" They've grown! " With lit up eyes.
" I'm so pleased it's worked out for you. "
He replied with celebration.
Perhaps because this will be historic!
Proof of the need for education!
So. When you think you've something sussed,
All may not be as it seems.
Although this lesson's at my expense,
I'm spilling the beans!
Written 8th August 2021
Copyright © Natasha L Scragg | Year Posted 2021
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