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And Then Sometimes The Future Looks Promising

Working on a summer newsletter writing project with a middle schooler….

Me: “So what do you think you want to write about for your editorial piece? What’s an issue you are passionate about?”
Student: “I was going to write about about making the food in the school cafeteria better, because it’s pretty gross.”
Me: “Oh, great idea!”
Student: “But then I changed my mind, but I don’t know if you’ll let me write about it.”
Me: “Ok…”
Student: “I really want to write about what happened in Virginia, and how sad it makes me feel, and how I think we should all spread love and not hate. And how I think racism is wrong. And I know this might be weird but can I add an obituary section? I want people to remember the girl who died, Heather. I think she was a good person and people should remember her.”
Me:
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Lady, you found just the tutor!

A potential client called to inquire about writing lessons for her son

Potential Client: “I just want my kid to know how to write. In complete sentences. With punctuation and real words. Everything today is text-speak and emojis, I feel like he isn’t getting reinforcement for actual WRITING, and that’s still a skill that is extremely important, you know what I mean?”

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I got the job.

 

Get it Together, Kid

This kid does NOT enjoy learning math with me…

Kid: “This is SO BORING!!!”

Me: “Well, I’m sorry you think so. But sometimes life is boring.”

Kid: (screaming in dramatic agony) “BUT THAT’S TERRIBLE AND I HATE IT AND IT’S NO FAIR!!!”

Me: “I agree. Life isn’t fair. But do you see ME screaming my head off and wailing about it? No, you do not.”

Because I do that at home, alone, into a pillow. 

I’m Ready

Me: “I see all these parents getting weepy about sending their 4th or 5th grade kids to camp for the first time, but I don’t even have kids yet and I’m already SO excited to send them. They’ll be going to 2-month sleep away camp when they’re 7.”

Friend: “7 years old?! That’s kind of young.”

Me: “7 months old.”

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