October 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Grains of salt

Image by kevin dooley via Flickr

It takes time to get to know a person. In the second month, I am still wondering at the strange things that happen. A student can treat you as invisible one day and shout ‘I love you’ the next. I’ve come to learn that their words should be taken with a pinch of salt, or maybe a grain. Some of it is due to their lack of specificity in speech and gap in logical thinking. For instance, if they love the mark I give them, they say they love me. If they don’t like their marks, their faces are the mirror of an overcast sky, with the lips all ready to thunder, ‘she won’t help me pass!’

But I look at myself and wonder if they wonder that about me too. I smile and joke along with them one day and am commanding them out of the classroom the next, face grim and determined. Sometimes, the contrasting behaviors can happen within the span of an hour.

Time can only tell what kinds of people we are.


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