Wednesday, August 29th 2007
She Must Be the NICEST Teacher Ever

Tonight was the Mandatory Parents’ Meeting, an annual joy for the parents of kids at Ethan-7yr’s school. We all sit in a large church sanctuary and are reminded not to go more than 5 mph in the parking lot. And really, many of us could be required to hear that on a monthly basis, not just an annual one. (No, not me.) Then we adjourned to our kids’ classrooms for more announcements from the teachers. 

I have to confess, when I realized who Ethan-7yr’s teacher was this year, I was HORRIFIED.  Ethan-7yr had assured me that he’d heard she was nice. I couldn’t put a name with a face, and had no reason to doubt him. But then.. .  Then we had the appointment where, a week before school starts, we’re supposed to go to the classroom and drop of school supplies, chat with the teacher and let the teacher and the student get a little acquainted over the tasks of organizing school supplies. An excellent tradition.  But when we walked in, and I saw who the teacher was, I felt a little sick.

She’s lovely.  She is also a virtual clone to another woman who works at that school who I used to know fairly well, and over the years has become an acquaintance.   So for the last few years, on occasion, I have almost thrown my arms around Ethan-7yr’s teacher in an odd hug that would have been inappropriate and hard to explain. I’ve come close, and then had to retreat quickly and pretend it did not happen.  It has happened repeatedly over the years.  And I’ve also said "HI!" with great enthusiasm, only to realize I"ve never actually met her and she is NOT the person I thought she was.  It’s also led me to completely snub the acquaintance who I actually DO kinda know.  I just don’t trust myself to recognize that it is truly her, and  not the stranger who is now the lovely woman teaching Ethan-7yr – and so I ignore her. If we speak, it always, always, always her who has to say hello first.   Isn’t that nice? 

The ‘Let’s Talk and Bond Over Sorting Glue Sticks’ appointment went well.  Then I just couldn’t help myself any longer, and confessed that I was the crazy lady who had almost hugged her repeatedly and started conversations only to walk off abruptly, and I was SO VERY SORRY but I thought she was  this other lady…" 

Mike was embarrassed FOR me, he later said. 

And do you know what she said? "Oh yeah. Happens all the time, we could be sisters. People are  always doing that" 

I choose to believe her.  Nope, I do NOT think she was just being polite to make me feel less moronic, I choose to believe  every word of it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

She’s so nice. 

~hm

8 Comments on “She Must Be the NICEST Teacher Ever”

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Karla
August 29th, 2007
12:16 am

I’m ROFLOL at this one! Isn’t it great to love your child’s teacher? Who knows…maybe you two will become great friends~that way the hug thing won’t be awkward anymore. hee hee hee Tell Mike and the kids “hi” from the Herbert’s.

Blessings,
Karla

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Jeana
August 29th, 2007
7:52 am

Oh it could be worse. I thought you were going to say you had a run-in with her over one of you going more than 5 mph in the parking lot, or making unauthorized copies. Or that he got the teacher who is mean to everyone. Or the person who leaves comments that go on and on.

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julie carobini
August 29th, 2007
11:27 am

She sounds like such a sweetie!

Oh, and are you sure you’re not me? Yesterday I was on the phone with a gal in the office at my daughter’s school when I referenced (in a non-threatening way, of course), “Mrs. X”, to which she responded, “That’s me.” OMG. Had no idea who I was talking too…lol

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Shalee
August 29th, 2007
12:27 pm

Sounds like she believes in the “every day is a clean slate” theory. I’d say she was top-notch!

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Stacey
August 29th, 2007
5:40 pm

That is too funny! I wonder if they actually know each other very well? So now will you say hello to either of them??

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Grim Reality Girl
August 31st, 2007
8:45 pm

My mom had a face that everyone knew. They would say hello and swear they knew her… but often they didn’t. She just had one of those faces that people think they know. She never held it against people. She was amused by it. When my uncle went to Ireland he saw her face everywhere — she had a typical Irish look, hence, many people thought they knew her. I bet his teacher REALLY does get mistaken for the other person. Especially since she said they could be sisters. Nothing wrong with a random hug :-) I bet this is the best school year EVER!

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Diane
September 1st, 2007
9:07 am

Well, it has been said, it is good for your child when the teacher knows the mother…..no doubt, she will remember you!

ROFL! Nothing wrong with being friendly!

I have two friends who have identical sisters. Happens to me regularly in Target as I chase down the other twin….thinking it is my friend. They are very nice about it…and don’t have me arrested for stalking them! But really, if it bothers them, they should wear a name tag for crying out loud!
:) Diane

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