Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What Do You Think is Scary?

Today in E5-A (fifth-graders), I was asking the kids what bores them, tires them, excites them, and scares them. When I finally got around to Jake, his answer caught me completely off guard!

Me: "Okay, Jake, what do you think is scary?"
Jake: "I think you are scary!"

Yeah, I probably had that one coming!

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"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"