I was a single mom for a couple of years when my oldest was very young. The summer my son had just turned one, I was home alone during evenings, usually pretty exhausted and just needing to watch some mindless television after he’d gone to bed. This was when I discovered The Office. Reruns were airing, and I was instantly sucked in. I even went out and procured seasons 1 and 2 on DVD later that fall. (I don’t even know where these DVDs went to, does anyone even watch DVDs anymore?).
I became pretty obsessed with this show, and when school started up, and I found out my co-workers also loved this show, it was a recipe for an amazing year.
“Large Tuna, have you seen my cell phone device?” Andy Bernard
I’m not sure if you are as familiar with The Office as I am, but in this scene Jim and Pam have been messing with Andy by hiding his cell phone in the ceiling and calling it repeatedly. Andy loses his mind. (“I think we broke his brain,” Pam).
This was the 3rd season of the show, and when it aired there was a group of us at the school I was then teaching at who would regularly talk about the show and even watched older seasons projected onto the whiteboard at lunch. Inspired by the show, this year also became the year of the pranks. At various times our staplers even ended up in jello. My favorite prank and most unforgettable, though, was when my cell phone ended up in the ceiling of my classroom and began buzzing loudly while I was teaching. It was the craziest and most fun year I’ve ever experienced in my 18 years of teaching. It was exactly what I needed during a pretty rough time in my personal life. So, when the final episode of The Office aired, I bawled like a baby the entire time. It wasn’t just a show to me. Without trying to sound dramatic, for me, it was like a lifesaver. Over the years I’ve continued to rewatch The Office on Netflix so much so that I can probably quote each episode to you. It has become a calming ritual in my day. I have been able to bond so many people over this show, even my students. I know this show isn’t for everyone, but for me it is a part of life.