For many years Mr. C. has carried the heavy key chain, arriving at school long before dawn. He is the one to keep the building safe, the grounds clear, and everything running correctly. There are always things to fix, rooms to clean, and there is plenty of regular maintenance.

Some people may think his job isn’t very important, but he knows that it is. He does this for the kids, who count on him to keep them safe. He holds the keys to the school, and school is the key to their future.

Story & Image by: McGuffy Ann Morris

Word Prompt: Key

35 thoughts on “Keys

  1. Thank you. I have known a couple of school custodians who were great people and really cared. They were very hard workers and family guys. We trust these people to help keep our schools safe; we need to appreciate them.


  2. I've always felt that the school custodian is INTEGRAL to a school; and when I was teaching I always knew the importance of maintaining a good relationship with he was really indispensible!


  3. This story brought back good memories of school janitors, as they were called way back then, that were are much a part of our school experience as were the teachers. Not only did they look after the building, they also looked after us students and the teachers, cleaning up after kids who got sick, boosting car batteries for stranded teachers, airing up our basketballs and bike tires, looking after scraped knees and elbows when the nurse wasn't available, and watching out for kids who needed a warm jacket or a bit of guidance or protection. I think in many ways they were the unsung heroes, I still remember their names! Thank you for a great addition to Six Sentence Stories this week, it made me smile!


  4. People underestimate the importance of his work — executives, or school principals for that matter, can't get their work done if the wastebaskets overflow and the toilets are dirty. That goes for all of us in the service industries.


  5. Definitely a job that goes underappreciated. I remember when I was in the 8th grade and in Home Ec class there were small groups of 4 of us and each group was supposed to invite a teacher from the school into our class to eat a meal we had prepared. Our group chose the janitor. I don't know if he thought our food was any good (it probably wasn't-ha) but we did try to make him feel appreciated!


  6. Nice use of the prompt. The story reminds me of my hubby. He carried a loaded key ring. He was a maintenance super for 240 apartments – important key keeper to many people.

    Thanks for the comment on my post about Little Man. I agree, we seem to have several things in common.


  7. I very much agree. I am all for respecting the blue collar worker. They are the ones who do the hard work, the dirty work, and often don't get credit. Coming from a long line of them, I respect them.


  8. oh, this made me think of Mr. Gordon…our elementary school custodian. How we all loved him! So kind and so patient. Yes, too often we forget those who make our lives run so smoothly. I loved this. Here's to the key-keepers!


  9. love it… so sad that so many people are not thought of as “important” because they don't fit into a particular stereotype. most often these “forgotten” people are the most important…


  10. Dear McGuffy Ann, thanks for another evocative story–in six sentences. You are a whiz at this. Maybe that's because you are a poet and are inspired to say so much with so few words. Peace.


  11. I remember one special janitor in elementary school, Mr.Cook. He was just like the Mr. C in your story. He lived at the end of our street and had a beautiful yard. We weren't allowed to walk on his grass. Funny what we remember.


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