Stories from Afar & Up Close

So it has come to this

I’m getting older (oh yes!), and with getting older comes realizing I am a lot more like my parents than I thought I was. I say ‘uh huh’ during conversations, exactly like my mother does when she’s listening to someone, and I catch myself making remarks about my husband’s after-shave exactly like my father does about my mother’s perfume. All in all it’s not so bad, but apparently it’s not just my parents who’ve managed to impress their behavior on me. I realized this last week when I called out a student’s name in class.

“But I wasn’t even doing anything!” she exclaimed.

“And that is EXACTLY the problem,” I heard myself say.

I’m also becoming my teachers.