Yesterday, in my sixth grade English class (I’m the teacher), we started reading a story from their Literature books called “The Good Deed,” in which the main character has to perform a good deed in order to get a “Good Deed” badge for her scouting group.
To earn said badge, she was to read to a blind woman. Of course, before she met her, she was scared, having never met a “sight-impaired” person before.
We talked a little about first impressions in class before we started to read the story, and then once we began, I began to connect to the text a little bit, and remembered a story from my childhood that still makes my mom feel guilty.
When I was about eight or so, a new family moved across the street, and part of this family was a deaf girl who dressed in all camouflage. My mom suggested that I take a pen & paper across the street to welcome her to the neighborhood and hopefully be a new friend to her.
I wrote my greeting on the paper and fearfully crossed the street to make her acquaintance. I don’t even think she read the paper, but she responded with one of the few sign language signs that I definitely was familiar with even then; she gave me the middle finger!
Of course I cried and ran back home, and my mom definitely regretted “scarring me for life,” but now it is a pretty hilarious story.
That girl was a firecracker! Another time, we watched from across the street as she locked herself in her mom’s car while her mom stood outside, yelling & signing at the same time, while she simply covered her eyes with her hands. That’s another definite “F*$# YOU!”
I wonder whatever happened to her!
Needless to say, I didn’t think this was the best story to share with my students to encourage them to be accepting of people with differences!
Yesterday was “Dear Diary Day” and “Hobbit Day.” I have no clue as to the significance of either holiday, but I did use them both for inspiration for my weekly WYR question, which was: Would you rather have ALL of your thoughts posted on facebook/twitter or have your WHOLE LIFE acted out on tv by Hobbits?
There weren’t any specifically hilarious responses, other than the mental images that were brought about by imagining certain Hobbit shows, especially the following:
- A hobbit show of this fashion photographer who shot me when he was in Chicago - particularly the lingerie shoot that I was in - Hobbits in lingerie? Weird!
- A hobbit college basketball player. Can you imagine those little guys hooping?
- A hobbit flair bartender in Vegas, complete with hot pink mohawk! Whoa!
Which would you choose & why?