Monday, October 26, 2009

Two Chiefs and One Indian


Last week I was asked to attend an American Lit meeting. The American literature department at my high school has five teachers. Two of the five teachers share the position of level lead. I was the only teacher to show up to the meeting who is not a level lead. There I was sitting in a desk, while the two level leads delivered their presentation to me. I sat in that desk and absolutely laughed my ass off. I couldn’t help it.

“What’s so funny, buddy?” asked one of the department leads who is a year younger than my oldest daughter and always calls me buddy.

“Am I the only one that sees the humor in this?” I asked in between snorts.

The two of them stared at me like I was dancing naked with my hair on fire.

“Humor?” the kid asked.

“Don’t you guys think it’s funny that it’s just me?”

Again, they hit me with the dancing naked with my hair on fire look.

“Don’t you guys think it’s funny that there are two level leads for a level that has just five people?”

The crickets were chirping and the forty percent of the level that were level leads continued to stare blankly.

“You guys really don’t see the humor in this?”

The woman looked like she was trying to catch flies while the kid cocked his head and said, “You remind me of my dad.”


11 comments:

Susan R. Mills said...

Crack me up! I really wish I could have been there to see it. I would have laughed with you. :)

Paul Greci said...

Some hilarous things happen in schools. Thanks for sharing this. I can relate. I taught for about twenty years.

kavita said...

The picture is a winner...supports your story perfectly.teheeee.What was the topic of the said presentation ?

italgalmm said...

I can see that "The Kid" is at the far left.. but are you the one on the right?... or in the middle?
( I keeed I keeed ):p
Great Story.

#167 Dad said...

Susan,
Thanks for laughing at... err, with me.
Paul,
Not any people still teaching after 20 at my school.
kavita,
They were talking about research projects; more specifically, how to teach students to investigate the idealogy of historical movelents. Hahahahahahaha.
italgalm,
pick any mule. I'm pretty much the other end.

Sproglet said...

'He's a bright young spark, lets have him leading the team'

'Yes, but what could be better than ONE bright spark!?...I know!'

...is how I imagine the conversation went

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Hahahahaha! Enjoyed the photo, too.

beFrank said...

Good story. Sorry you had to live it.

Bluesfrau said...

My mind works similarly. I usually crack up and others give me blank stares and don't get it.
I think we would have been on the same line there.
That's why we are writers, dude...
(Hey, I'm finally gathering my texts from the past erm what 20? years together to write that book I'm destined to write, lol).
Greets from Germany (or Germonline, as the little daughter of a friend of mine calls it...)

Sara ♥ said...

So hysterical! I used to teach, and let me tell ya - things like this happen in schools allllll over. I seriously laughed out loud reading your post...

#167 Dad said...

Blues,
Looking forward to hearing more about the book.
Sara,
You escaped, huh? Thanks for reading.