Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I Have Been Known to Eat Small Children

One of my kindergartners, Erin, informed me this morning that she had a dream about me last night. Apparently, she had a dream that I turned into a monster and ate her.

"Erin, do you think I am a scary teacher?" I asked, feeling concerned.
"Oh, no, Teacher," Erin reassured me. "You are very nice teacher, but very, very, very scary monster."

I'm glad to have that straightened out. Has anyone seen my dental floss?

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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"