Wednesday, February 3, 2010

She's a professional

I'm behind on my Real Simple daily thoughts so today's post is jam packed with two that just happen to totally fit me:

"I always cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food." - W.C. Fields

Wait, I would have to cook a lot to be able to even start a phrase with "I always cook...". Whatever. I like to cook. I just suck at it. Wait, maybe it's the wine and not my cooking. Nevermind.

"All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy". - Spike Milligan

Alright so, I hesitated with this one because I am happy. I am incredibly happy actually. BUT, winning the lottery would totally rock.

On an unrelated and funny note, I have a student that is a bit of a struggler. I try really hard to praise him as much as possible, especially when he does well on something he hates. Let's just say motivation isn't his strongest attribute. So I'm doing my best song and dance about something he turned in and he stands there, quite stoic, and simply says "I'm a professional". He then takes his paper and heads back to to his desk. I was stunned. What do you say? What do you do when you have thrown a mini-party for something and the response is so matter of fact and unemotional? So I laughed hysterically in my head and went on about my business. The best advice I have ever been given about being a teacher is to "keep the inner voice in". It's so hard but so necessary. Had I laughed at him out loud he would have felt silly for even listening and responding to my praise. Suddenly, so many situations fit the phrase he coined.

"She's a professional" (Avocado anyone?)

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