‘I rolled too far.’ – Quote Friday – 11/23

The best of this week’s quotes from my elementary students in South Korea (and some thrown in from friends too)

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WTF of the Week:

I’ve been handwriting a lot of NaNoWriMo this week because my students have been doing tests and so I’ve been doing a lot of sitting around making sure they don’t cheat or talk or do anything untest like. A kid came up to my desk to just stand next to me. They do that a lot. I haven’t yet figured out why.

She looks at my page of handwritten prose.

Her: ‘Diary?’

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Art work in my classroom, it covers the entire spectrum of ability:

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RIGHT AFTER I explained why I couldn’t understand why Paper beats Rock:

The Canadian One: ‘How have you survived this long?’

Me: ‘I feel like I’m a 30 watt bulb surrounded by 100 watt bulbs but I’m like that special bulb that saves energy and lives forever.’

Him: ‘And doesn’t fit in the light properly.’

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Things I try to do to avoid writing, Part One:

While facing a massive amount of words to write:

The Canadian One: ‘You should write.’

Me, lying on the bed, laptop balanced on my stomach: ‘I don’t wanna write. I don’t wanna be a writer anymore. I wanna be one of those people that watch TV for a living.’

Him: ‘A couch potato?’

Me: ‘Yes, I wanna be a potato! Lemme be a potato!!’

Him, walking out the door: ‘No.’

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Things I do to avoid writing, Part Two:

In our apartment, the kitchen is right next to the bedroom and these are the only two rooms in the place not counting the bathroom. The Canadian One heads into the kitchen to watch Son of Anarchy, which I don’t watch. I, meanwhile, lie on the bed with my laptop trying to decide the better option between writing or lying doing nothing.

Him, calling from the kitchen: ‘What you gonna do?’

Me: ‘I dunno. Lie here.’

Him: ‘Don’t just lie there. Do something.’

Pause.

Me: ‘I did do something. I made myself into a ball. Come look at me be a ball.’

Him: ‘No.’

Me: ‘I’m rolling!’

Him: ‘No.’

Pause.

Thud.

Him: ‘Did you just fall off the bed?’

Me: ‘I rolled too far.’

Ohhhhh the things I do to avoid writing the novel. (Also, when I told my mother this story, she didn’t even blink. I think she’s too used to me.)

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Me, to a kid who looks like he’s finished is test: ‘Nick, are you finished?’

The kid nods.

Me: ‘You’re Fred, aren’t you?’

The kid nods.

Dammit. The two kids don’t even look alike!

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Kid colors an entire coloring page blue. I look at the page and then at the kid. He thinks for a moment and says:

‘Avatar.’

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Me: ‘Do you like kittens?’

Kid: ‘No, I don’t.’

Me: ‘You don’t like kittens?!!’

Kid: ‘No, their eyes look like fish.’

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Kid looks at her test paper, scans it and then flips it over, arms folded, shaking her head.

Kid: ‘No.’

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Anyone else taking part in NaNoWriMo? Written a novel? You do any weird stuff while trying to avoid staring at the blank page? Hit up the comments and lemme know I’m not the only one!

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