“I don’t think that helped my general grace level”

Uh, do I consider myself graceful or clumsy? I’m going to tie this in with another question. I consider myself really clumsy, and ever since I was little, I’ve just always had random bruises on my legs, just all black and blue from bumping into things and forgetting. Sometimes I would just accidentally cut myself. I’d not notice, ‘cause I felt a momentary, like, momentary pain, and then – ‘cause it happened so much of me bumping into things. I would just ignore it until someone else pointed it out. I also did climbing for quite a long time. So, you know, you got hurt a lot during climbing ‘cause you just bump against the wall, you fall, you scrape your arms and legs on the wall, and I don’t think that helped my general grace level, ‘cause you just get used to it. I’m also pretty tall for my age. So, you know. I’m very clumsy.

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“This one has gotten quite a reaction from my friends…”

“Are there any foods that you eat in a weird way?” Oh, yes, um, one — I do a weird thing and I don’t know why, where every time I take a drink out of a glass, I like, press the tip of my tongue up against the rim of the glass first. And once I realized I was doing it, I was like, “I don’t – I don’t know if other people do this, but I totally do.” Maybe it’s just so I don’t clink my teeth on it. I don’t know. Think about it next time you have a drink. Um, I used to do this thing. This is super gross, actually. I used to do this thing, I don’t really anymore. But I would lick all the salt off of tortilla chips, and then, like, make a little pile on a plate with them and then go back later and eat the chips, like, after I was done licking all the salt off them, so sick. Um, oh, this one has gotten quite a reaction from my friends and I don’t really see why it’s such a big deal. But apparently, I’m a psychopath for this. Um, I eat cereal with ice cubes in it. I mean, I don’t want the milk to be not cold. Like, I want it to be very cold. So, usually, like three to four ice cubes per bowl of cereal is what I want. And, um, yeah, I don’t think it’s weird. It’s so good. It’s like, if you’re holding the bowl with your hand, you’re warming it up and like, yeah, you want to — just try it. I promise you. It’s like, so much better.

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“It seems to become more and more of either an unknown…”

I spoke a lot about 9/11 last week. That’s still on my mind, even though we’re a, a week out from that. It’s always difficult to talk to my class about it, for me personally. And with every passing year, it seems to become more and more of either an unknown to my fourth and fifth graders or a mere curiosity. And it’s always a delicate balance to figure out how to cover 9/11 with my kids. And you know, I had a conversation with my uncle this week. And we spoke about how to discuss 9/11 with my class. And I mentioned how, you know, it’s a little delicate. I have to make sure that the way I present it is not in a fashion that might scar them. And pleasantly or politely, he was a little surprised. And he seemed to have the stance of, you know, teachers shouldn’t have to shy away from true history and, and what happened. And I get where he’s coming from on one hand, but on the other I do think there’s a time and a place for certain grades to learn certain things, at least in terms of the breadth or details of the events. You know, there’s, there’s even, well there’s countless moments from 9/11 that are brutal to hear about even as a adult. And so I do believe in some form of censoring that information, just as I would when discussing World War II or really any moment throughout history, you know. But then again, that’s the struggle. Sometimes I do wonder if the buck gets passed.

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“Bravery isn’t like being afraid, but it’s doing it anyway”

What is one piece of wisdom that you’ve found helpful for you? So when I was in Scouts, there was this one campout called the Canadian American Jamboree and I believe it was in Canada, and it was really fun. But one of the things — this was back in like sixth grade or something. Um, there was one activity, which was rappelling wall, you climbed up the stairs on this platform and then they had this big flat wooden wall and you, you’re in a climbing harness and you get your rappelling device and you run the rope through it and then you sort of walk back down and then you let yourself down the, um, the mountain or the structure rappelling and at the time, I was scared of heights and I really didn’t wanna go and I was kind of crying and I did it anyways and one of the adult leaders was telling me, you know “Bravery isn’t like being afraid, but it’s doing it anyway,” sort of thing. And that always kinda stuck with me, and he’s passed away now, a few years back or over ten, I think. But that’s something that’s always stuck with me.

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