At the end of every school year, every student goes through burnout, but no one flames out half as badly as the teachers. By the last week, makeup was no longer a priority for me.
(As she entered the room…)
D’Avonte: (looking me over) “Ohhhh, UHHHH-UHHHH, you best go over to your closet, honey…take OUT your purse, and put something on your face, because if you think I’m listening to any of your crap about math right now, with you looking like that, you are sadly mistaken.”
Me: “Hey, you’re being mean.”
D’Avonte: “Honey, I am saving you from yourself. Where IS your lipstick? Where IS your dignity?”
38 thoughts on “It’s A Wonder I Retain Any Self-Respect”
The problem was putting on make up way back when. I’ve never worn any. People are appropriately shocked into silence the moment they first meet me. It never comes up.
That’s it. I’m going full dirty hippie.
Are you going to have her next year as well?
I am. Thank God. I’d be so bored without her.
She does sound wonderful.
She completes me.
the truth hurts sometimes, hon.
put on some damn lipstick.
Sigh. You’re right, of course.
The D always wins.
Is D’Avonte a drag queen?
Why, yes, she is! 🙂
Funny, I had never equated lipstick with dignity before. The things one can learn from that kid…
Seriously, here I thought it came from within.
Oh, how I’ve missed the wisdom of D’Avonte!
Kinda hilarious that I came across this post while enjoying a guilty pleasure – a Big Freedia marathon on Fuse. 😀
Now that it’s summer, I miss her, too. 😦
Spoken like a true diva.
Bitch doesn’t play. 🙂
I’ve forgotten if I knew this previously: Are you a (natural) redhead? If yes, makeup is not optional unless we wish to scare dogs, small children, and anyone born post-Zombie Era.
We are naturally brow-less and lip-less. Our Revlon foundation shade? Dead Fish Belly.
“If my make-up is too bold, it’s because I want men mesmerized by my lips when I say ‘You’re fired.'”
– Possible future quote attributed to “D’Avonte, future CEO and founder of Divine Cosmetics
Nice to read it.
I, for one, do not believe in makeups.
The kid does it all.
A good read.
Thanks for the follow of Meenas Poems.
She is all things. 🙂
I’m pretty sure this student has been in my class. I once had a serious heart to heart with a student about how often I wash my hair (which is not… not often).
Her response was, “That’s a really long time to go without washing your hair for… a person… of… your ethnicity.”
I don’t wear makeup either. It makes it all that more impressive when I do.
HA! That’s 20 kinds of awesome right there.
I’m with D’Avonte… Where IS your dignity? XD
Damn it, Michael. 🙂
Well my understanding has always been that lipstick signifies ‘Hope’, not dignity. But I suppose as it rekindles one’s hope about the future, it ushers in positivity into our life leading to higher dignity I suppose.
LOL…I’m stealing that!
Sometimes, I wish D’Avonte would make a guest appearance on this blog, because she is a hot mess, but I love her! I can only imagine how many times you have stifled a laugh to not encourage her…
Almost as many times as I’ve failed completely to do so. 🙂 I’m due to take her out to lunch when I get back from vacation. I think it’s far more for me. than her. 🙂
I can imagine…she’s a trip!
What am I going to do ALL summer without my updates on this bright spot of light in a world afraid to laugh???? I’m already going through withdrawls!
I’m taking her to lunch in the next week or so. I simply cannot go that long without my D’A. 🙂
Want a full update! I still think kids could learn a lot from this one. That level of comfort in one’s own skin is something many ADULTS have yet to master. Having it so young – bright future ahead. I tell you, especially with people like you in her corner!
I’m taking her to a “friendly” hipster joint in central Phoenix. I’m warning her to be fancy…just because I love when she’s fancy. 🙂
Fancy is good. I’m sure she puts her own special spin on it, too.
D’Avonte makes me grin.
She is a ray of fucking sunshine. 🙂