After the overly angsty and dramatic quotes from a couple days ago, I decided to set the record straight: yes, I love angsty literature. I really like sad stories, songs, movies that make you cry, and perfectly happy endings make me feel a little miffed because they just aren’t real. But, in reality, my life is not in fact angst ridden, and I like it that way because it provides a contrast for my literary escapes. So, here are some actual quotes/ events from the past several weeks of my life to share my reality with you.
•One of the girls I babysit, age 10, upon watching me spread a generous, but by no means excessive amount of Nutella on my crêpe: “Now Hannah, don’t you think you have had enough Nutella already?” I hung my head in shame and made some lame excuse about accidently taking too much. Then we she went to bed, I hit the kitchen again for one dripping in chocolate goodness.
•Same child: “Hannah, I am at the age where I have to start watching my figure, you know?” News flash to perfectly shaped Parisians: No 10 year old should need to prendre soin de ma ligne— literally, “take care of my line.”
•I did get a pencil case finally, thanks to my dear friend Megan, and it was greeted by my students with applause. I have nothing to put in it, but I wanted to shake it for emphases, so I filled it with my chapstick, nail file, and 2 lonesome pens. Must buy full multi-colored set complete with that erasable double tipped blue pen these kids love so much.
•One of the other girls I babysit, age 5: “Spring is the season when young ladies put on pretty dresses and sit on park benches like this [ demonstrates damsel in distress sidesaddle pose]. Hannah, please try to pretty dress and wear it tomorrow.”
•I am doing a body part unit with my kids. Unfortunately, the English word “face” sounds very close to the french word for butt, fesses. This took “Simon Says” in a direction unintended unintended.
•Same 5 year old, trying to convince me that I too should be on facebook’s “Farmville” because, “It teaches valuable skills like how to collect your apples so that someday you can have a real garden.”