As a teacher a hear A LOT of excuses. So many of them I hear year after year, day after day. My mom didn’t do my homework. My mom lost my homework. I didn’t know we had homework. What is this homework of which you speak? My mom did my homework, but then she lost it. My homework was in my bag but now it is lost.
Sometimes I get fun excuses about why kids don’t come to school as well. My alarm didn’t go off. My mom’s alarm didn’t go off. I do not even know what an alarm is. Dad took me to see Star Wars and then pumped me full of sugar. My baby sister kept me up last night so my mom let me sleep in. My mom is not a morning person. School starts too early. I was up late last night while my mom picked the lice out of my hair.
Today I heard a new one though. One of my student’s siblings came to relay a message to me on the whereabouts of her brother:
Dennis was diarrhea yesterday so he is not at school today.
It is true that this particular kid can be a little shit, but alas I am pretty sure he hasn’t turned into a liquid pile of pooh. Now you may be thinking how adorable that a younger sibling would try to fill me in on the situation. Unfortunately though, this sibling is three years older than my student. Yeah! THREE YEARS!
I fear for our future.
Recently I have made an effort to be less furry. You see, it is winter and during the cold season I have the habit of letting my leg hair grow until it turns into luscious leg beards. A friend recently pointed out that my sasquatchian habit makes for some unfortunate wardrobe limitations as no one wants to see that kind of leg-stash peeking out from under a long skirt.
So I have begun to make a concerted effort to tame by leg hair by shaving more than once a month or two. It’s a sacrifice, but well what’s a girl to do.
However all this extra shaving has introduced me to some sort of razor voodoo that I find terribly confounding. You see the more dull that damn razor gets from mowing down my leg hair the more it cuts me. What is this shit! That is not the way the world is supposed to work. Sharp things cut people, not dull things.
Which is why I now believe that the people in the razor industry are clearly voodoo practitioners that have hexed their product to cut when dull so that I will have to haul my nicked up legs to the store to by some expensive ass razor refills. I call bullshit razor industry, bullshit!!
When I was just a little baby my mother noticed that my eyeballs were a little…off. It seemed that one of my pupils was much more dilated than the other. Fearing brain damage she rushed me to the pediatrician only to be forced to assure him that no, indeed she had not dropped me.
It seems instead of an angel kiss I had a birth defect called anisocoria, which causes my pupils to dilate unevenly. Luckily this is merely a cosmetic defect as it does not affect my vision, and besides I was even able to have a little fun with it. As I got older my sister and I lovingly termed my condition, “kicked in the head disease,” as it did give the impression of a recent trauma. I also discovered the joy of screwing with new doctors whom upon meeting me would ask if I had suffered a recent head injury. To which I would occasionally respond, “Like when I closed my head in the car door?” while letting a bit of drool fall from the corner of my mouth. Eventually I even learned to judge a doctor’s qualifications based on how quickly they asked me if I was brain damaged.
I felt pretty alone in this world with my defect until I discovered David Bowie! Ahhhh, I had found my eyeball twin at last! It seems when David was a wee British lad he did suffer a head trauma in a row with some of his mates. (Using British words is fun!) Anyway, after he recovered from the incident one of his eyes was permanently more dilated than the other…anisocoria!
When I learned that he had died so many people were having such visceral reactions to his death. Posting about how much his art and music had meant to them and affected their lives. I agree he was one spectacular guy, but I will admit I was sad for quite a different reason. I had lost my eyeball twin. I even shed a few tears (most likely from my more dilated eyeball, as that is the more emotional eye based on what I learned watching Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots).
So Mr. Bowie, where ever you are, I hope you are enjoying matching pupils in the after life.
In case they needed it, I have written a new advertising slogan for the ice cream industry:
Ice Cream, for when your day was shitty, but you have ingested entirely too many pain killers, anxiety meds, and antihistamines to drink alcohol.
You’re welcome ice cream manufacturers of the world.
You have the toughest job on earth.
Sometimes I like to think I have suffered in the line of duty as a teacher, like when last Friday I found myself under a cafeteria table desperately tugging at the damp shoelace of a seven year old that had gotten stuck between the metal of a table leg. After much frustration and some mental cursing I managed to free the little guy, yes I had won that battle.
All was well and I was feeling rather like a winner until later when I ran my fingers through my hair. And they snagged. On goo. Dried goo. Goo that had congealed into a massive rat’s nest of miscellaneous cafeteria floor fluids. Defeated I went home that night to actually follow the shampoo bottle directions as I washed, rinsed, and did indeed…repeat.
So not that it is a surprise, but let it be know that I could never do what you have all in the line of duty. You have raced into battle, guns blazing while never leaving a man behind. Some of you have even suffered the terrors of Prisoner of War Camps, surviving horrific torture.
I on the other hand nearly water-boarded myself in the bathtub today. I was merely trying to self-medicate myself for a tension headache caused by a few rowdy students by taking a hot bath. As I soaked I placed a damp rag over my face to block out the light and steep. Perhaps I should have paid more attention to the actual dampness level of the towel. I soon realized that it was well beyond damp when I began to choke and sputter as I breathed in bath water. It sort of ruins the relaxation process when you inhale your people-tea bathtub water.
Anyway, thank you Veterans for being tougher than me, and providing us the freedom to get coated in cafeteria goo and water-board ourselves.
Well hell. I have bitten the bullet, bought the cow, leapt off into the deep end. No longer will my stories hide on my computer in a file marked “crap” collecting the digital equivalent of dust. From now on I am terribly afraid to announce that they will be on view for the world. I feel naked…