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My son will take about anything in stride. He is so easy-going; he takes after this mother! ;-) My daughter really could loosen up a bit. She is so modest and intense at times, but she does know how to have fun. Even when the Cubs are losing and she is at Wrigley Field.
I told her yesterday that I named my Turn-by-Turn system in my vehicle Scout, and she told me I was weird as she gave me "that look."
Do your kids find you weird at all?
My students get a kick out of my being weird. I collect middle names and have quite a long string at this point. Of course, weird is one of my middle names.
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This will again be sacrilege on my part, but I don't believe in aprons in my house, unless I am doing a turkey. Otherwise I have my regular clothes to wash AND the apron! (See posts about laundry I am trying to get under control and then hubby bringing an other load home from camp and he was only gone one night. :?
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My students find all manner of things about me weird. For example, an adult male over 30 not married is weird, as in their world anyone over 20 has been married at least twice, and usually has children and stepchildren. Also, they find it weird that I do not do drugs or drink, which they believe adults do. They also find it weird that I expect them to work for their grades. Of course, I could go into the list of things my colleagues think are weird, but I'm not really sure if I could complete it, as I doubt the majority of it passes around.
"Opportunity is often missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
"Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est"- Seneca
Oh hell yea, my daughters KNOW I'm screwed! They knew it at an early age too. The sense of humor of myself, my similiar-age brother and a few close friends is unlike anything or anyone else they've ever seen or known. I don't know if I can describe it. It's this intangable thing and I guess we sort of developed it together as we grew up and grew older. Judas Preist, I just got my FIRST tatoo at the age of 47! Granted, it's just a small one so I can say that I actually have one.
My current students, adult male felons? They don't know what to make of me sometimes because in that place, lazyness abounds with the guards and other staff. So to come into a classroom and have some crazy white son of a bitch make them WORK???? They don't know what to make of that, but eventually we accept each other for what we are and generally get along OK.
Moe to Larry: "Boy, you got brains like Napoleon."
Larry: "But Napoleon's dead!"
Moe: "I know it........."
Kindergarten children take everything in stride so there isn't much I can do to make them think I'm weird.
My son, on the other hand, sighs a lot. Sometimes he'll say something that reminds me of a song so I'll sing it or I'll make up different words. eg. Dinnertime and the livin' is easy, so hush, little BunnyBoy, I'll make your dinner soon. (sung to Summertime with appropriate sliding around the tune) "Mom, would you stop doing that?" I'll dance in the kitchen if I like the song on the radio. "Mom, would you stop doing that?" I'll sometimes dance to a tune in my head. "Mom, would you stop doing that? Dad! Make Mom stop. She's weirding me out!" Dad just looks at hm, shrugs his shoulders and goes back to whatever odd thing he was doing.
If you can't be kind, at least be vague.
I went through one phase, er strategy, with my 8th grade girls who could not stop talking if their life depended on it. So when one of them said something not related to our work, and a word or phrase reminded me of a lyric, I broke out into song. Four years in HS aCapella choir comes to use in many ways.
"Please, STOP, Mrs. Bananas!"
"Well, this wouldn't happen if you would not be talking while you are working!"
One time, four of them asked if they could work in the hall quietly to get away from my serenading, so I said okay.
I stuck my head out of the door to see if they needed any help just as the principal was strolling up to see why they were there. They pleaded their case to her, but she said she just might bring her guitar to accompany me. I have a great administrator!
Yes, my kids ands tudents think I am weird, but I dont care.
*I purell alot
*I use my shirt or sleeve to open doors if we are about to eat
*I make stupid songs and raps and other neumonic devices and make the kids sing them often
*I drink coffee and anything else through a straw
*I put cheese on just about everything
BUT it must not be "That" bad because my desk is always piled the highest with gifts at Christmas time and I am truly humbled (and amused)that many of them do those very same weird things now
My 8th graders are convinced that I am terminally weird. No question about it.
Rather than shout at them (which I almost never do) when they do something that annoys, I whip out my water bottle and douse them. When they complain, I remind them that if they stop, I will stop. :?
One girl shrieked about how I was going to ruin her hair and I replied that she was going to ruin my class and suggested we help one another out by ceasing our actions immediately.
"Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once."