How a can of worms can both literally and figuratively ruin a person’s day


By Charles Towne
I never could figure out why Mrs. Rumple didn’t like me? Mrs. Rumple was one of my teachers in grade school and she was a grump, but then with a name like Mrs. Rumple what could you expect?

Nobody and I mean nobody, could ever accuse me of being a “Teacher’s pet.” Come to think about it I never did have a teacher that would have claimed me as a favorite student.

I always felt sorry for Mr. Dundas, our Physical Education Teacher. Kids being kids and all, you can imagine what they did with a name like Dundas!  He showed his dedication to the teaching profession by putting boxing gloves on my best friend, Buster and me, and proceeded to have us beat on each other, but that backfired because we came to the place we actually enjoyed the pain and mayhem that came with boxing.

Come to think of it I believe Mr. Dundas had a very broad streak of sadism in his character.

Back to Mrs. Rumple…

It was in the spring and I had been fishing. Have you ever noticed how a can of worms acquires a somewhat delicate, even piquant aroma when left out in the sun?   I don’t know how Mrs. Rumple figured out who put the can of rotten worms in her desk? I figured she would have forgotten the three garden snakes someone put in her desk drawer a couple of weeks earlier but she somehow put snakes and worms together and came up with me. It is a good thing teachers aren’t allowed to administer capital punishment. One thing I have learned over the years is that Papa God is a lot more forgiving than grade school teachers, don’t you agree?

Live fully, Love openly, Love God, and make a difference, today.


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adapted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy filled life.


  1. Mrs. Rumple should have called you up to the front of the class and had you to bend over her desk, and paddled your butt in front of the rest of the class like the teacher used to do in my fourth grade class at school, to those who misbehaved……LOL


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