The Fear of 9/11 Erasing

I changed rooms and roommates at both schools where I teach this year. It made for a lot of searching, moving, rearranging, and negotiating with new roommates. Both of my new roommates are good people. I can tell. So that's a plus!

The one roommate, Mrs. R, has this tribute to America and 9/11 victims that she has somehow, miraculously, left "saved" on the board since September 11, 2001. They drew it that day, and she put a save post-it, and no one has touched it since. Many people have moved on to dry erase boards, but she has let the "upgrades" pass her room by. (Which is wise, I think. I prefer blackboard.) This is it:

Eleven years, this has been there. Just chalk. Our school was closed once for deep cleaning because we had mold, and her room had mold, but no one erased that board. Eleven years. Damn.

Now I have something to obsessively fear (which is good because I was low on obsessive fears): some idiot kid in my class leaning up against it and erasing it with his back, or better yet: someone erasing the board for me, as a favor!

Do you think I should buy colored chalk, so I can secretly redraw it as necessary? Just in case? Would that be wrong?


  1. I laughed obsessively at the redrawing link.

  2. Here is an article on what that link is all about:

    It's for real!

  3. I think that a large scale, laminated good quality photograph as back up is a good plan.

    Inevitably it will get ruined by some person at some time, and that does not mean that they do not think America Rocks or that 9/11 means nothing to them, it's just that chalkboards in school are meant to be erased and their chalky contents are ephemeral. Probably it will be met with equal disappointment and relief.

    I'd be surprised if it hadn't had a bit of light restoration over the years.