“Well at first, I was like…”

Posted on July 5, 2009Filed Under Me, Writing | 2 Comments

I think I’m going to have a new -ism this fall. Usually, when the kids make outrageous suggestions (“You should give us all A’s on that test, it was so hard”), or come up with hare-brained ideas (“Let’s try letting us sit wherever we want”), I respond with something like,

“Then you woke up.”

The first time I use it on one of them, it usually takes a couple of minutes (and a couple of quicker ones helping) for him/her to get it. It’s also my private reference to their favored literary device (on the very rare occasion I let them write fiction): the dream. Their favorite “twist” ending is, “Then he woke up.”

But now, I have a more visual way of indicating my opinion of their suggestions. I found this today, and I can’t stop chuckling. We have a poster-sized printer at school, and I think I’m going to make a couple of new posters for my classroom. My wife and boy, who like to tease me about being a bit crabby, say we should retake the pic, with my grumpy face.

“How do I feel about that suggestion?”



I can hear them already.

“They’re the same picture.”



2 Responses to ““Well at first, I was like…””

  1. Dan Nishi on September 11th, 2009 8:31 pm

    Hey, Mister Coward. I’m heading into my junior year now and thought I should comment on your blog — it’s been far more entertaining than I expected. I’ll probably waste more time this weekend reading it.

    Never expected you could keep entertaining me several years after the class. =)

    Given how I’ve already seen the original image of that, it definitely took me by surprise and made me chuckle. I think having a picture of your grumpy face would work, as well, though.

  2. mrC on September 12th, 2009 5:16 pm

    Thanks for the visit and the kind words Dan. I only “entertained” you in 7th grade?! 😉 I assume you’re doing well at SLOHS. Keep in touch. mrC

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