“Then I’ll go look again. I’m sure they’ll turn up.”
The director fights off the ghost, as well. He must finish his semester report for his dean while listening to all those sad stories.
Why would the custodian get into the act? The teacher finally finishes grading and is rushing to input them right into those handy but sometimes irritating computer programs. The custodian empties trash nearby.
“Gosh, I wish I was emptying trash,” the teacher says. “What an easy job you have.”
The custodian only looks tired.
“By the way, do you save all that stuff until everything’s finished?” the teacher says. “I mean, just in case something gets thrown away accidentally?”
“I never thought of that. I have to clean before the school closes down.”
“Finish computer filing for me, and I’ll empty the trash.”
Maintenance folks could do the ghostly act, dusting papers into the trash, cleaning in and around the copy machine so that it breaks down at the most terrible moment, but none of those good folks are responsible. It’s just the ghost of semester’s end.
Shirley Ramsey, a retired professor of journalism, lives in Norman.
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