If this is your first Wednesday Giggle, please scroll down to read my disclaimer in my last post. If you’re already familiar with the sensitivity with which I’m sharing these precious anecdotes, read on.
Today I’m sharing some interesting ways that students have closed their letters:
“Thank you, and more power to you!”
Full disclosure: I don’t speak a second language. I’ve tried . . . oh how I’ve tried. I even lived in a foreign country for a year, and by the end I could still barely meet my basic needs. I admire anyone and everyone who is on the road to learning an additional language. I admire their courage, determination and fortitude. And I thank my lucky stars that I don’t have to do what they’re working so hard to accomplish.
Having said that, from time to time those who are learning a second language put together a phrase or two that is so sweet, so charming, so totally unexpected that it makes you smile. It might even give you a giggle. In class, I take the delightful mistakes as much in stride as the mundane ones. However, first chance I get I rush to my desk to write them down. I’ve been collecting all of these little gems in my Wonder Woman notebook for years. From time to time I flip through it, fondly remembering the students who bestowed them upon me. Now I’m going to share them with you . . . one by one, week by week.
Students were asked to explain how a person’s reputation can be damaged by the media. One student wrote: “It is like when you take out a fedders from the chicken and throw away it. When you know the chicken needs all the fedders, you can not recuperate it all because was windy, or the tires from the cars took it far, or another animal took for a house. You can not give back all the fedders to the chicken. The same happens with media.”
In January of 2016, I made the decision to quit teaching. Yes, I’ve been using the euphemisms, “take a step back,” and “take a break,” but really, I quit. I stopped. Maybe I’ll go back someday. It might even be sometime soon. However, in the meantime, I’m not doing it. So that means I quit.
I quit for a myriad of reasons, which I’ll probably go into in a future post. For now, all you need to know is that I put my heart and soul into teaching English as a Second Language to adults for a long time – about 13 years – but at the moment, I need my heart and soul for other things.
What I didn’t realize was how much creative energy and enthusiasm I would have once I quit teaching. Although now that I think about it, it makes perfect sense. Teaching is a creative endeavor, and executing those creative lesson plans takes an enormous amount of energy. So even though I’ve still been working full-time since I quit teaching, my creative juices have had a chance to flow in new directions. Well, somewhat new.
For years I’ve been meaning to write a blog, but I had no idea what to write about. ESL is my passion and my area of expertise, so it seemed the obvious choice, but when I got home at the end of the day, any energy I had left for it would go into the marking and planning I’d brought home with me. I couldn’t even conceive of then sitting down and writing a blog about it. But now . . . now I have the time and energy in the evenings to put towards a blog, and from time to time I might even blog about ESL.
Right now all I know is that I want to blog and for the first time I have the energy and enthusiasm to put towards it. And so, I begin.