My job really is awesome. Tonight I spent three hours editing pen pal letters. I should explain. My fourth-graders are pen pals with senior citizens, organized through the senior center, in the town where I teach. They keep their identities anonymous, using pen names, until the end of the year when we have a luncheon and the the writers meet one another. I know, stinking cute, right? I love being a part of this experience. I love everything about it...except quite possibly, editing the pen pal letters that my students write. It took me three hours to get through 22 letter this evening. However, only two letters in, I stumbled upon a little gem that kept me giggling all night long.
Here is the truth: I generally do not read the letters sent to my students. They arrive in special envelopes and they are given directly to the students. The seniors are carefully selected so I've never worried about content before. I'm not really worried about content tonight...but maybe I should be after reading this opening.
Holy crap! Please tell that my student meant to insert the word PIES! I mean, it is still kind of a weird statement (I love whoopie pies) but it is SO much better than the alternative. I shared this with a few friends and colleagues tonight and boy did we have a good laugh.
My job really is that awesome. I can't imagine any other profession where you come home at the end of the day with stories as good as teachers' stories. On any given day, the students can make you crazy but they sure do make you laugh too!