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So, if you have middle schoolers, I get it. Keep up the good work of not losing your mind and if they need the latest name-brand item to make this most horrible time in their hormonal, whyis- this-all-happening-to-me-life a little more bearable, I completely understand. However, here are some things to consider about namebrand clothing:
That was my friend's description of one of his students when he was teaching in Asia while I was teaching in a small island country in Micronesia. On a visit to Micronesia on their vacation, he and his two other friends and I traded stories about our first year teaching overseas, mostly the ways we'd blindly navigated our first teaching experience with little or no experience in an entirely new culture.
The school where my friends taught was an English school that existed apart from the regular school day, one where students' parents specially enrolled them. One of the most significant challenges of teaching at this school, my friends explained, was exhausted, overstrained students as a result of their parents enrolling them in activities that began after the regular school day ended and continued until nine or ten o'clock at night.
“No, not really,” she said, ever so nonchalantly.
“Of course not,” said I, ever so loudly. “That’s because I did it for you!”
Well, that’s not entirely true. My sister’s coming out episode began like a scene from a soap opera and ended in a rather anti-climactic fashion. It was Christmas day, 1982. I stood in front of the fireplace in my parents’ suburban ranch house in the strange state of Texas with my father, mother, brother, and sister-in-law patiently waiting for me to read the very important letter from my sister that was folded into a little square and shoved into my pocket while I sipped my second tumbler of scotch, and my sister paced the floor of her flat 1,700 miles away in San Francisco. (So cliché. Where else would she be?)
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