How many times do you get to hear me say this? Today was excellent. Which I think goes to show that the simple things in life really are best. I went out for coffee with my professor today. It was kind of funny because neither of us actually had coffee. I don’t drink the stuff... never have. I had a hot chocolate instead and some cookies. Because really? How can you have hot chocolate and not have some form of dessert?
The last time we went out we discussed a lot of books and Englishy things. Today we were pretty focused on politics I think. Which was interesting for me. I tend not to watch the news because I think those who produce it are glorified fear mongers, but I rather enjoy hearing others talk about what’s going on. I had two memorable moments. One was when I told her about the problems we were having getting Pride going at school. Her face was priceless. She then offered to help us out. I think her particular offer could cause a good ole’ fashion shit raisin’. Which could be fun while being incredibly helpful. For the other moment, I was the one with the priceless expression. I couldn’t see it, but I was so shocked it must have been priceless. Apparently an exchange student, I don’t know where from so I’ll just say he’s black, got a job here in town, but was later fired by the manager because customers wouldn’t like him working there. I seriously thought I’d gone back in time a few decades. Not that it was right then either. Have I witnessed little racist moments, yeah I have. Who hasn’t? I haven’t however heard or seen anything so... blatant and intentional. When the hell does the world start making sense? When do we stop focusing on the small differences and start paying attention to all the big things that make us the same? When does the small mindedness stop? Anyway, I got riled up, I think my professor got riled up but we had a good conversation. I enjoyed it anyway.
Get this, I also exercised. By choice. My professor was going to walk back to her place and since we were going in the same direction, I opted out of the smelly, late, lonely bus ride. At this point we reverted back to talking about Englishy things.
When we passed the high school where I’d done my placement, I noticed today was graduation day. I’ll be seeing a few of the kids I taught next year. Won’t that be creepy? Hopefully the Madame Daily thing died on the last day of my placement. I won’t be able to tolerate it once school starts. I am not married, nor am I old enough to be called Madame out of respect.
I’m really getting off topic today. Focus... While it was hot out, there was a nice breeze so the walk was pleasant. Unfortunately I won’t be able to see my prof until September but I’ll still harass her by email. We said goodbye at a highway intersection. She had a few errands to run and I was headed home. About two minutes after getting through the front door, I busied myself drinking a near gallon of ice tea. It was hot outside okay!