Reading and a Rerun

Posted on November 28, 2011Filed Under Book List, Rerun | Leave a Comment

I know, I know. Thanksgiving is over. Time for a new post. Well, I’ve been busy…

I’ve been learning a lot about maintaining a thirty year old pinball machine. And, ummm, playing one.

Digesting food. Seriously. I weighed myself TDay evening, and then again then next morning (barely–it was almost afternoon). Six pounds difference. I don’t know where it goes. Well, I guess I know where at least some of it goes.

Trying to stay ahead of my video class. Since there aren’t as many hardware issues this quarter, things are moving along much more quickly. I have a couple of pairs who are two weeks ahead of last quarter. D’oh.

Enjoying our 70+ degree weather. In November. Sorry. It’s one of the reasons I live here.

Reading. Latest in progress:

Anyway, I was looking through the archives, looking for something funny that I hadn’t rerun before. Preferably from the early days, so it’s new to some of you.

I found one from January ’09, back when I used to teach Tom Sawyer. I had almost forgotten about this one already. (I guess that’s what happens when you turn fitty. OMG! I’ve started getting AARP mailings already.)

Yesterday, we were going over chapter three, where Tom sees Becky (“The Adored Unknown”) for the first time, and falls in love. He shows off for her and she tosses a pansy over her shoulder. They always ask why he picks it up with his foot.

“Being a boy, he can’t be seen picking up a flower. So he’s trying to be all nonchalant about it”

There are also always some that ask what a pansy is, even after I just get through with my previous response. This time though, a girl in my friendly class says,

“Oh, now I get it. It was a pansy, like the flower. Phew. I was a little worried about this book. I kept wondering.”


“I thought it said panties.”

Let’s all just take a moment to contemplate the reaction a seventh grade class might have to a line like this. Pandemonium.  I counted at least three kids laughing so hard they were crying.  For the rest of the period, once we got back to some semblance of normalcy, there were random giggles and guffaws and lip-biting. Even today,

“Remember yesterday when “Kara” said panties?”

I thought I was going to need a mop for under “Chuck’s” desk.


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