Spotted in a crowd

The thing about running into former students at Wine Bar is that, first of all, they bellowed my name loud enough that I immediately turned and fled the scene. (That is, not my name per se, but what they used to call me in school, Ms _____, hence also immediately distinguishing me as a teacher. Very cool --- not.)

When the dust had settled and we had all caught up, there were the exclamations of how cool it was that I was still clubbing. Despite my age, I guess? Thanks, guys.

And then it turned out that one of these young punks had a Master's degree. Damn, I need to get me one of those.

Finally, we did a little math and realised that they're now the age I was when I taught them many moons ago. I'm not sure how I feel about that.


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At 8/05/2006 9:09 am , Blogger sereneannabelle said...

wow that's cool,

you funky-monkey cher.

At 8/05/2006 9:18 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the worst thing about meeting students is the way they yell your name across public spaces!

Still, it's nice to be remembered. :)

At 8/06/2006 12:47 am , Blogger tscd said...

You wouldn't want your students to address you by your first name, would you? It would be so...disrespectful.

I met my primary school teacher on the bus last year. When I told her I was married, she turned so pale that I thought she was going to pass out or vomit.

At 8/06/2006 3:08 am , Blogger Tym said...

Actually, I kind of insist that students call me by my first name rather than Ms _____ once they've left school. It's too weird otherwise. Of coruse, many of them can't quite do it or grin wryly when they do ...

I don't think it's so much an issue of respect with me, both in terms of how I address my former teachers as well as how I allow former students to adddress me. The respect's the same; it's probably the level of familiarity that's changed if we've shifted from a last-name to first-name basis of address.

At 8/08/2006 1:31 pm , Blogger the lorider said...

super-scary thought... as I teach elementary-age kids :)


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