My teacher made it very clear. She was leaving the room. We were to work on our assignments and should not speak a word while she was gone.
Knowing my penchant for jabbering—reflected in the “Stacey talks too much” that often appeared on my grade-school report cards—my teacher looked right at me.
“Don’t talk,” she said as she headed out the door.
I tried hard to do my work, but with the teacher gone, the impulse to talk was much bigger than my third-grade body could contain.