I may have acted like a swamp witch while asking them to smile for the billionth time. I've repented.
I may have turned gangsta' on the man who, my homegurl warned, was coming up from behind as I stood snapping pictures on a remote street in downtown Phoenix. The guy asked, "Have you seen my friend...
"No," I cut him off mid-sentence. "I have not seen your friend. We just got here!" I stared him in the eye and gave him the what's-your-next-question, chump? look. Then I slightly wagged my head and neck while waiting for his response, and that's when he decided to turn and walk the other direction.
"That's what I thought," I said under my breath as he walked away.
"You're kind of tough," my homegurl noted. And I said, "Dang-straight! That's how we do."
Then I turned and saw that Bryce was coming out from behind the building, so maybe it was Bryce who scared him off. No...
P.S. Maybe I should repent for being rude to the man.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Only three days left of teaching, and I've mixed emotions about it ending. I love the students, like really love them. I think about them as I lie awake in bed at night. I think about the literature we're reading and how I will make Shakespeare's Julius Caesar relevant to a room filled with eager to learn, but easily bored, tenth-graders. I think about how I will skirt the 215 "n"words in Huck Finn. (We don't read the word aloud, ever.) I think about how I teared-up (not cool) when I read to the class Jim's hurt-filled response to Huck's mean trick,
I think about how some days the students like me, and the other days they want to hop on a raft to Cairo or put me at the base of Pompey's statue. Just kidding; they don't want to kill me, I pray.
I asked my homies last night, "What if I become a full-time teacher?" They said, "We miss you when you're not here in the mornings."
"I miss seeing you in the mornings, too."
Unrelated to the above thought process, I found this Tooth Fairy letter from years ago. Haven't I shared it with you already? It's too cute, and I think I'm getting Alzheimer's.
We're still waiting for the magic, Tooth Fairy. And I would like to retract the crossing out of "Clean the whole house in a second." We'd still like that, too.
at 8:28 AM