Thursday, June 21, 2012

This and that

2 kids asked me what the English word was for "water ghost." I have no idea what they were talking about. The only thing I could think of was the loch ness monster, but I'm pretty sure that's not what they wanted.

I went to Home Plus right away after school to get 3 things. I was in there for less than 10 minutes, and I saw 4 students, and an ajumma pushed her cart into me on purpose. These women are bold, but I honestly couldn't believe she was treating me like a bumper car. She's lucky I didn't have a cart too.

In my 5/6th grade class one boy, Sonic, sits at my desk chair because 1. there aren't enough chairs for everyone 2. he does much better when he can spin and move a little and 3. he runs the powerpoint, which is nice because I don't have to do it and it helps him focus on the lesson. Yesterday I ran down the hall quick to find out why half my class was missing, and when I came back he was full-on teaching the class, saying things like "repeat after me" and "one more time" and they were actually doing it! It was adorable. I might turn him into my assistant.

I wore my new feather earrings and almost every child said "teacha, bird?" and wanted to pet them.

One of my evening classes is called Jupiter, and there are 9 kids. Only one is a girl, and she's basically an angel. The other are the neediest, loudest 3rd and 4th grade boys I have ever experienced. One of them is actually named Puppy, but they all act like puppies. They all think they need your full attention right this very minute, and they will not stop saying your name or pulling on your arm until they get it. They want you to know they are done the second they finish something. They need to be told everything at least 3 times, in English and Korean. It's exhausting. But this week we played go fish one day, and they were all so excited and so sweet, and it almost made up for all the craziness. Almost.

My window is open and somewhere someone is playing the accordian right now.

Last year apparantly the power went out in the whole country for 20 minutes, so today we had a practice drill. I have many thoughts about this:
1. Where was I last year when the power ran out? I have no memory of this, and it seems like I should.
2. How does an ENTIRE COUNTRY lose power?!
3. Why are we practicing for this to happen again? The more logical thing would be to figure out a solution to the problem.

probably the most obvious question...
4. Why does anybody need to practice what to do when the power goes out? There is absolutely nothing you can do but sit there and wait for it to come back. 

5. And the most ironic part? There were sirens blaring the whole time. As if we wouldn't know the power is out. Also, don't sirens require electricity?'s times like this when I wonder how a country that is so intelligent can also be so foolish.

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