I promise that the following sentimental soap box will be followed by something ridiculous, because, frankly…that’s my style.
As some of you know, I am a teacher, specializing in students with emotional and behavioral concerns, and I truly believe my kids are the MOST incredible people. One of my very favorites (and, yes, they’re all my favorites) is D’Avonte. D’Avonte is just over 6’3″, and comes to school, every day, in full drag. I love her. At an age where most teenagers panic over a pimple, she has unabashedly accepted herself, in all of her transgender glory. Her unapologetic self-acceptance is contagious, making others not only take her, as she is, but also hopefully teaching them to appreciate and embrace people, who differ from themselves. I wish I had ten-percent of her self-esteem, and a hundred-percent of her ability to strut her ass down the hallways in heels like she’s heading for Milan.
The following conversation took place in my math class with one of her friends…and yes, they were both kidding, so don’t call the police.
Navaeh: “You better stop looking at me like that, or I’m gonna come over there with this pencil and shank your ass.”
D’Avonte: “You can try, but I’m gonna sllllllap you across your face and throw my wig at you.”
Seriously, how lucky am I to have these kids? I am so damn grateful that of all the jobs in the world…this is mine.
24 thoughts on “If You Get 100% On Your Mid-Term, I’ll Teach You How To Do A Smoky-Eye.”
Aw. So cute. It sounds like L-O-V-E is in the air…
(With my East L.A. 5th-graders, next recess would have found them …rubbing noses behind the grant-funded Friendship Garden.)
LOL… I love Friendship Gardens…until the kids find a way to sneak in some pot plants.
I pfftshnarkled when I got to “throw my wig at you”! There’s not even an appropriate emoji for that! Best I can do is 😀 You’ll just have to imagine the lower part of my face kinda sorta erupting as I read that exchange. 🙂
Fantastic stuff! I love teaching for these moments! 🙂
They’re better than the pay. Which…isn’t much of a contest, but you know… lol
Sadly, I do. Hope you have a great school year!
They are so lucky to have you!
It’s so insanely mutual. 🙂 I adore them.
Your stories make my face smile
Your posts make mine do the same. 🙂
A shank in the ass or a wig in the face? Tough choice!
RIGHT!? I think I’ll take the wig in the face. I’ve braided it before…she keeps that thing CLEAN.
Super Love this. This is why I teach.
Best thing ever, right?
They give me hope! Hey did you get my message about my new blog?
I haven’t checked that email in a while, I’ll ipen it tonight! 🙂
When I think of what that kid would have gone through in the schools I attended… *bows low with a two-handed devil-horn flourish* …It makes me want to thank you for being you.
Seriously, the world is SO much a better place now, and it’s not perfect…but it’s SO different, and I’m so grateful for that. 🙂
Wow. Well this kinda proves that I’m not completely dead inside, after all. That was an amazing post!
I always knew you were a soft soul. You can’t lie to me, darling. 😛
I wish I had 3% of her self-esteem.
And could walk in heels.
Betch does an awesome French Twist, too.