Thursday, February 28, 2008

resumption of normal activity

Today, I wore capri pants! That is exciting not only because it meant a) the sun was shining all day and b) my legs are shaved, but also that I was in a peppy, pleasant mood. Somehow one cannot wear capri pants and be cranky, or even mildly grumpy. I imagine they just don't fit properly if one's disposition is less than perky; they probably get all bunchy is discomfiting places. And so went my first day of relative normalcy since last week's brush with the plague.

My blessed students (those are the ones who do actual work, when I request it, without grousing) remarked that I looked like I felt better; this is sweet because half the time I'm not certain they are 1) listening when I say how I feel or 2) aware I am the individual teaching class. Remarkable things happen when the teacher is feeling well (and wearing capris!): A group of three boys actually spent 50 entire minutes in the computer lab typing and discussing their short stories (I was sitting right across from them the whole time; not a single word about parties, smoking, or snowboarding the whole time). They announced to me a few weeks ago, giddily I might add, that they wanted to intertwine their stories so that characters and situations overlap. When I asked "Seriously?" because I hate to be taken for a dupe and thought they might just be baiting my geeky gullible self, they looked puzzled and said "Yeah! Is that okay?" Then I had to try not to be overenthusiastic about their attention to, um, school work lest I bring them back to reality and they decide what they've just revealed is extremely stupid.

More student behavior improved by my wellness: In Advocacy (like a homeroom class), it was 'check-in' day when I meet with individuals about how their classes are going. While they wait to meet with me, they can be working on other school work or playing different games I have. Today I let them know I found a Scrabble game in perfect condition at Goodwill - often, my excitement over such finds is met with either an "It's cute how she thinks we might care about something so dumb" attitude or bored silence. But this day, when I have brought my healthy self back to school? Five teenagers jockeying for position around the Scrabble board; one boy actually said (I should have caught it on tape), "Wow, I LOVE Scrabble, give me a spot in there!"

And then. At the grocery store. The elusive Dairy/Frozen Food guy, whom I have not seen for many months, was in the parking lot! I did a double-take; I stopped longer than necessary at the end of the lane; I craned to make sure it was him. He was on the phone, out of Wild Oats/Whole Foods attire. It is all so mysterious to me - why is he not working whenever I'm shopping? Does he do something away from the main floor now? Does he miss me and my coffee beans?

So anyway, this is all just to say, I'm feeling much more like myself again. Which may or may not be considered 'normal.'

16 comments:

Lisa Milton said...

The best part about the brush with death: Everything seems sweeter. It's true. Just feeling normal feels so stinkin' good.

To complete Stephanie bliss, just add:

1 dairy man
+ a bunch of reasonable students
+ unbelievable sunny weather
;)

Mrs. G. said...

If Bad Mom is in her capri pants, it must be spring. It's official.

The Guy in the meat section said...

Uggg. I gotta find that Dairy Guy when he is in the frozen foods section and give him a punch ;)

Thank goodness for capris.

-Stu

CamiKaos said...

I'm glad you're feeling better! I hope in a few days when I'm feeling better the Capri weather will still be here.

katydidnot said...

so glad you're cute dairy guy is back, even i missed him.

happy you're feeling well.

katydidnot said...

i think it's sweet how stu pretends to know what capris are.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I think it may be possible that you have TAUGHT those teenagers something!

a. beaverhausen said...

Sounds like me after a day with a migraine. All seems right with the world after a day of pain.

Suzanne said...

Welcome back to normalcy! For me, you and the capris are kinda like the groundhog and his shadow... yay for spring!

Molly said...

Don't you love it when students surprise you like that? It's like the teaching universe just hugged you.
Glad you're better!

missburrows said...

Capri pants and shaved legs? You are much more advanced than me. Kudos.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I love capris! Mr. Farklepants does not. He always wonders what happened to the rest of my pants.

brandy101 said...

OMG!! I had an intriguing Dairy/Frozen Foods guy at my old supermarket (it went out of business)

Glad you are feeling better; we can only wear capri pants around here if they are paired with calf-high snowboots...

Glad to hear you are feeling better!

Jerseygirl89 said...

Yay spring! I'm glad you're feeling better.

I AM VERY MARY said...

Scrabble Story: A local literacy center is hosting their 8th annual Scrabble Tournament (raising money for the center). I mentioned this to my college students and offered to sponsor a team. Thinking that I would be met with several blank stares and some serious guffaws, the jockiest of jocks yelled, "YES! Where do I sign up?" with such enthusiasm that I thought he was mocking me. Turns out he wasn't. Who knew that Scrabble has such power?

angel said...

aaah... i'm slow catching up but i am glad you're feeling better!

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