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The Week of Subbing – Highlights from the Middle School

Highlight #1

This week I directed band. All week. Mind you, I’m not a band director. I played in the high school band, so I can read music, but that’s as far as she goes. This week, I was waving the wand and right or wrong the whole gang followed my lead.

Ah. What a time.

Highlight #2

Kid: Are you 47 [years old]
Me: [Looking at him for eight seconds]
Everyone else: [Quiet]
Me: Uhhhhhh……yeeeeaaaaaaahhhh……I’m 47.
Everyone else: [Laughter]

My real age = 32

Highlight #3

A few of the kids thought I looked like Jesus. One of the kids was particularly astonished by the resemblance, and he had a hard time doing anything else but staring at me. He took my picture and called me Jesus the rest of the period. My continual reply went something like this: Jesus wants you to focus on getting your worksheet done.

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Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy; I pass the winters in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. I'm working on a memoir-based nonfiction book on the American Dream. I blog, quite frequently, and I also have a novel in process, set in Alaska.


  1. Ha! Yes, I have found the Jesus resemblance particularly poignant, especially some of the seaside photos. Very nice come back to the lad about focusing on his worksheet. You could get some mileage out of this.


    • erdman31 says

      ….and tried to get people to stop calling each other names and hitting each other…


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