Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Need a Laugh?

Here's a few quotes from the kids today:

Me: "What is your daddy's job?"
Amy: "Sleeping."

Me: "What kind of pet do you have?"
Jake: "I have a very interesting rabbit."

(During an exercise in which the kids were supposed to make sentences about foods they want or don't want)
Kelly: "I don't want any USA steak!"
[For those who aren't up to date on the news out here, Koreans are very concerned right now about the danger of mad cow disease in American beef. There have been a number of protests and many people are now refusing to eat beef out of fear.]

I've been having many changes at work lately. I had four of my favorite students moved to another class last week, which made me sad, and then two of my sweetest little girls left the school because of another girl picking on them. This week, I got two new students, both boys. Since they didn't have English names yet, I got to name them, which I enjoyed. Thanks to me, we now have a Ben and a Joey at our school. We're getting two more boys, who are identical twins, soon. I'm hoping to get to name them as well.

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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"