Monday, March 17, 2008

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere!

Once again, we have a sunshiny, warm day here in Gyeongju. All the plants across the street are happily blooming away now, so I couldn't resist a few more flower pictures. I didn't get a chance to properly appreciate them on my way to class, because I was running a little late and then got a flat tire on my bicycle. I guess the leprechauns aren't giving me any help in the luck department today, even though I did wear green.

My eyes were feeling a bit dry today, so I decided to wear my glasses to class. Big mistake! My first class didn't seem to notice, but my second batch of kindergartners couldn't get over the change in my appearance. The minute I started to write the date on the board (and the kids stopped talking in order to observe me), I heard an immediate chorus of "Teacher! Teacher! Eyes!" and "Teacher Grandma!" Whilst retaining my laughter, I explained to them that normally I wear contacts (this explanation involved some brilliant charades), but "today Stephanie-teacher's eyes hurt - ouch. Eyes ouch. So Stephanie-teacher wear glasses today. Understand?" Seven little heads nodded, then Amber piped up again: "So Stephanie-Teacher grandma today!" Kids say the darnedest things!

1 comment:

Clara Yi said...

Stephanie-Teacher Grandma often at our school!(oh the joy of reading other people's blogs and making fun of them :P)

"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"