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Making the Grade

I am sorry my post is so late today. For those who have been waiting impatiently, without further ado:

After lunch today I stepped to the front of the classroom and called for my student’s attention. I wanted to introduce them to the temporary sub, while I left the class for a few minutes to attend a special parent-teacher conference.

When I said I’d be leaving, Mona made a very startled noise, jumped from her seat and waved her arm. “What?” I asked. Mona turned red, shook her head and sat down. I wondered if there was something she needed to say to me about the sub. Mona is usually very quiet and unexcitable (as one would expect of Pansy Petite’s best-friend).

I walked over to Mona, leaned down and said, “You can tell me. What?” She shook her head, but she mumbled something. I leaned closer and asked her to repeat it.

Very softly she whispered, “I just noticed that you’re skinnier.”

She hadn’t started her test yet, but I picked up her pencil and put and A+ at the top of the page.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Yeah, what the heck. My fingernails are gone, the tips of my fingers bleeding, from sitting her drumming them on the desktop in front of the keyboard!

    Smart girl, that one. Smart teacher, you won.

  2. Brooke — where have you been?

    Minka — A+ for you, too.

    Dr. John — apples would have been nice yesterday. The kids covered my desk in chocolate. I have yet to find any diet, where the two are interchangeable.

    Gawpo — I am not a trained police officer, but as a teacher of budding deliquents, I do have some detective skills of my own. You did not wai for my pos all day and fre over it’s tardiness. I know this because you commented on my yeserday’s post AFTER you commented on my today’s post. If you want to flatter or finesse this particular teacher, you’d best keep your eye on the details.

    Joe — Mona needs all the help she can get in math, so I did consider suspecting her motives, but for my own ego, I chose instead to believe. (Now watch Gawpo read this and decide his feelings are hurt, but I only cater to one snake oil salesperson per day.)

  3. She sounds like a very sweet girl. I like that she used some discretion in it. I’ve lost a bit of weight too, and when someone comments that I’m looking thinner, it makes me self-conscious. Like they thought I was a whale before, which, let’s just say I get nervous around harpoons. πŸ˜‰ She complimented you, and did so in a private way. Well, apart from the original outburst that is. lol

  4. Brian — pretty much, and that’s getting easier and easier to do as I lose.

    Kat — you should have seen the grin in her face when I put the A+ on the top of her paper. (Though I am certain she knows it had everything to do with my heart, and nothing to do with her real grade.)

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