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Younger Then I Look

Some days I am certain I am the world’s best teacher. My students are turned on, tuned in and popping answers like popcorn. Then there are days like today. We were talking birthdays. I gave mine. One of my dear little darlings piped up, perplexed, “You mean you’re only 18 days older then I am?”

Most of the class laughed. He stood, mouth open, frowning, and said, “That doesn’t make sense!” One of his classmates told him that we were born different years. The poor kid snapped, “What difference would that make?”

I think I’d like that kid’s report card back to reassess his math grade. And maybe I should give that glowing evaluation back to my supervisor so he can reassess that kid’s teacher.

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. Quilly, you know you are young at heart, at one point I was taking a page out of Jack Benny’s book and staying at 39, but my body is telling me different.

    A wonderful day is wished for you.

  2. Hehehehe…. I would have just said YES… and left it at that! 🙂 (math’s not all it’s cracked up to be…)

  3. Bill — you know, age isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I know folks younger then I who are already concerned with dying. I much prefer to live.

    Gary — except with older women and Al. If you don’t believe that, check out these comments!

    Al — I’ve never been one to hide or fear my age. I don’t measure it in terms of years anyway. I measure it in terms of living.

    Melli — shame on you. And you called yourself “teacher”!

    Alastair — time is relative; gray hair can be died; and I shouldn’t have argued with the kid because I’ve been in fifth grade for 9 years now and I will forever be 10 years old at heart.

  4. I don’t suppose the standardized testing allows for the fact that some people are destined to be doormen? Do they still allow Liquid Paper ™ in class?

    At least we know he had the benefit of one of the best ever teachers. 🙂

  5. Morgan — that’s it. You’re hired as my publicist.

    Mumma — perhaps a compliment to my beauty, but certainly not my teaching skills.

  6. Quilly! I NEVER called myself “teacher”! I called myself SUB! I would NEVER ever put myself on the same level with the heirarchy!!! I bow down to your type!

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