Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I am the tennis ball guy!

Do the teacher's at your kid's school put old tennis balls on the feet of all of the student's chairs? Seems to be all the rage around here. Slice a hole and then slip the ball onto the chair legs. Evidently the ball will protect the floors and quiet the noise from kids constantly sliding chairs in and out.

I happen to think it looks tacky. But I don't listen to chairs slipping around all day. Neither do I have to refinish the floors once or twice a year. If I did either of those things often enough I bet I would LOVE this tennis ball trick.

Anyways, I was sitting at work trying to slice tennis balls today with a sheet rock knife, just because it seemed to be something I could do to help out the teachers at The Princess' school. After I nicked my hand with the knife, I decided that there had to be a better way.

Tonight The Talker helped me bore holes with the drill press. We only did 20 tonight. I'll make sure the holes are not so big that the ball will easily fall off of the chair leg. After we make sure these work, I'll drill the rest - almost an entire laundry basket filled with old tennis balls, that I brought home this afternoon.

Yep. 8 years of college and 5 1/2 years of parenting. And this is my contribution to the education of pre-schoolers. Holes in old tennis balls.

Yeah for the tennis ball guy!


Darren said...

It sounds tacky to me too. But I don't sit in a classroom or finish floors either. Make sure if they call you anything that it's "the tennis ball guy" like you don't want to be known as "the guy with the balls"...although that would be better than "the guy without the balls."

Mike said...

Right as usual, Darren! Don't wanna be THAT guy!

The Father of Five said...

Also... Anytime you get to use a powertool cant be all that bad!