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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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

5 thoughts on “The Week of Subbing – Highlights from the Middle School”

  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.


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