Theory:

Did they ever lose their hymn books
Did they ever leave their greens?
Did they scribble on the desk tops
Did they wear old dirty jeans?

I’ll follow one back home today
I’ll find out what they do
Then I’ll put it in a poem
That they can read to you.
Explanation:
  
The next series of questions also concerns the teacher's childhood. Children sometimes forget their books, kerchiefssocks and other little things mostly because they are not worried about any materialistic things. The child asks if the teachers have ever lost their hymn books. Hymn book is a book full of Christian songs used in Church to sing in the chorus prayers. Convent schools sometimes have prayer meetings in the morning in which the students take part and sing songs. Losing a hymn book was supposed to be a great crime. But the child does not do it on purpose. So he asks if the teachers had unknowingly lost their hymn book.
 
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Hymn book
 
Some children do not like to eat their vegetables and greens. They focus more on taste rather than health because they do not know the importance of it. He asks if the teachers also has avoided it. In every school, students write their names, initials, friend's name on the top of their desks, which serves as good memories later. He asks if the teachers have created such memories with their friends. Like mentioned earlier, schools encourage students to wear clean clothes. But sometimes they wear old dirty jeans because most often people don't wash jeans daily because of the thickness of the material. Also, children play around with friends and make their clothes dirty. So he asks if his teachers have ever worn old dirty jeans since he has always seen them in neat and formal clothing in class. He wants to know what his teacher's life is, outside the four walls of the classroom.
 
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Child writes on school desk
 
The child finally says that he will one day find the solution to all his questions, by following his teacher without their knowledge and observing their lifestyle. He also says that he will make a poem out of it so that everyone can share this new found secret and satisfy their curiosity.
 
Meanings of difficult words:
  
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Words
Meaning
1
Materialistic
Materials that can be touched as opposed to feelings, money- oriented
2
Hymn booksBooks that contain devotional songs
3
Convent schoolSchools run by Christian nuns
4
CrimeGreat mistake that is followed by punishment
5
PurposeReason, intention
6
GreensLeafy vegetables like spinach
Reference:
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2006). Honeysuckle. Where Do All the Teachers Go? - Peter Dixon (pp.67- 68). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.