• All You Do Is Blink

    Nothing makes you feel older and younger like standing in front of teenagers all day. I teach in the very high school I graduated from thirty years ago, and while the physical building has changed very little, I am reminded every minute that everything else has changed a great deal.

    It seems like just weeks ago I was stomping the halls of this high school in platform shoes and bell bottoms, peasant blouse flapping.

    At the same time, the wild-eyed possibility of these teenagers is catching. Makes me feel like the world is round again, that the orbits are infinite and the end is not near. That's a lovely bonus.

    The mad pace is eating into my writing time right now, although I can see a time soon when I'll be caught up and - with luck - trot a little ahead. Just not in wooden platform shoes.

    20 Comments → All You Do Is Blink

    1. OMG, it _has_ been 30 years! Er, 28, but close enough. How did that happen? What on earth have I been doing? Where does one get a housecoat? (Did people actually wear those?) I guess it's high time I got on with being a grown-up. Now: Ballerina or Olympic equestrian?

    2. Sounds like me too. I returned to my hometown to teach high school English. I loved it but it was freaky,
      Bonnie

    3. You should try wearing the housecoat to high school. They'll never see you quite the same way again. . .

    4. That time DOES fly by so fast! I could definitely see how being around teens constantly could keep you young AND at the same time make you feel old! Was I REALLY that young? Ha ha!

    5. I've never felt older than when one of the kids I had in class all the time when I subbed and that I just adored asked me what year I graduated from high school and he replied, "OMG, that's the year I was born!"

    6. Seems like teenagers are so different from what I thought I was when I was a teenager. Every decade I look at myself and find it hard to recognize the person 10 years earlier. Is that weird?

    7. And really, it's just more exciting grist for the writer's mill this teaching-teenagers-business. Because nothing is quite so astonishing, nor intoxicating (and I mean this figuratively AND literally), as a 21st century teenager's mind!

    8. In the blink of an eye...all we can do is enjoy it!

    9. Hi Monda, enjoyed your flash back into our ever growing histories. This next year 2011 will be my 40th year since high school. and yes I remember bell bottoms, which I truly miss. BRING BACK BELL BOTTOMS. lol

    10. We former teachers never die ... We just haunt the halls. Love your stuff.

    11. Where have you disappeared?

    12. Monda, I need a good read. Blog woman, blog!

    13. I can certainly relate with you. Although I teach middle school, it's still the same building that I attended way back when. The fun part is when I started teaching my classmate's children.

    14. I just wanted to say that this is one of my favorite blogs and I miss you dearly.

    15. Changes are a woman's habit. And i find it good.

    16. My little sister makes me feel old. I'm "only" 21 (I feel old since 21 is a whole lifetime), but she's 17 and all of it!

      By the way, nice to meet you.

      Carley

    17. Changes really happen because of many creative stuff and ideas are open in the market.Specially teenagers that are really familiar with the latest trend and fashion wear.

    18. Always love your site and nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Pop on over if you'd like to participate, otherwise, no worries. www.iwasbornveryyoung.com :)

    19. That's how life changes,Due to many trends and fashion all the things make some changes specially in style and colors because of what modern age brings.

    20. Change is a matter of click.If you really want to try new go for things that will make you happy and follow the trends.

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