I admit that I am in a way using this blog and therefore all of you as a procrastination tool while I try to think of the next scene in my novel, but also I have been pretty bad recently with updates, so I guess it works out well. Life here is continuing pretty much as normal, the small one continue to be small and cute and I continue to be cold. Actually only on the way to school and that’s my own fault.
There are of course some new developments. I started two German classes at the university last week and six days into them I really like them. The teachers are really nice, and the group of students is great. At the moment my head hurts from contemplating German prepositions too long, but otherwise fairly good.
I also went to a very exciting St. Martin’s day festival at Coralie’s kindergarten. St. Martin is famous for sharing his cloak with a poor man, and I think he refused to be a Bishop as well, but don’t quote me on that one. So anyway they have a person in a cloak on a horse as St. Martin, and then all the kids make lanterns and parade around the streets, the festival culminates in the eating of sugared pretzels and drinking of gluhwine(hot spiced wine), over all I approve highly of this tradition.
I am also continuing work on my novel as stated earlier. A brief explanation for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, There is an international event each year, where participants write a Novel of at least 50,000 words(approximately the length of the Great Gatsby) during the month of November. I participated and finished back in 2006, but since then have not had enough time to do it again. Well this year I have tons of free time and therefore the Novel writing in November tradition has been resurrected. This years novel is a about an apprentice who sinks the King’s ship with unexpected complications. At the moment I have 20,000 words written, so I’m making progress slowly but
Finally the most important development is that I have a job for next year. I deferred my Teach For America position last year in order to come here, and on Tuesday I received notice of my placement for next year. I will be teaching 4-8th grade English in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Days like today reinforce how glad I am to be working with younger kids. My Thursday 10th graders are notoriously difficult and I always have problems with this particular group, so I shouldn’t be that surprised by today’s conversation, I quote:
Student: Mrs. Goodfellow, when you fill out an application it wants to know your geschelct, what’s that in English.
Me: Gender, whether you are male or female.
Student: That’s sex.
Me: Yes sometimes it says sex instead of gender.
Student: Then what is sex in English?
Me: We also use the word sex.
Student: No what is sex, like, well sex in English?
Me: It’s the same word, we say sex for the action as well.
Student 2: She means how do you say f@#$ing in English?
Me: I know, we say to have sex.
Student: So If I want to f@@# someone, I ask to sex them?
Me: You would have sex with them, but we don’t really use F&$@ing in normal English, it’s not an appropriate word.
Student 2: That’s not true African Americans use it all the time!
Sometimes I hate tenth graders.
Anyway that’s my life at the moment, stay tuned for more updates from the Sting Bert.