As I’ve stated before, I’m a teacher. Specifically, K-6 grade, which is nice, since the children talk and are interesting, and yet they can be a pain in the rear, as most any parent can agree. I love the kids, I love the work. I just wish they had a higher pitch when the spoke to me sometimes.
Anyways – I got a clue I might be building an interesting reputation. One of the kids handed out late Christmas presents today. The other teachers received exploding balls of scented something or other. Me? A cheap leatherman (it also came in a bigger gift-box, which gave me the chance to act like a bratty first-grader. As if I needed the excuse). I had to smile. Coming from a kid, and being singled out for something I’d personally enjoy, that meant a lot. Means I might be getting somewhere.
Best compliment though, came from a parent. I had built a very simple tic-tac-toe board with a first-grader (basically a hole carved out for the marbles and the lines carved into the wood). He finally finished (big project for a dude under four feet tall) and took it home excitedly. His father walked in the next day and said “You know, I have to thank you. I played tic-tac-toe with my son for two hours last night. Just played and talked. I haven’t done that in a while”. Then he shook my hand.
Just the joys of the job. And I got woodworking to thank for some of it. Happy New Year.
-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.