ABANDON HOPE OF: SATISFACTION, REFUNDS OR DEATH WITH DIGNITY
Monday, December 28, 2009
THINKING OUT LOUD
I work in a K to 6 school. When the kids leave us, they're eleven or twelve. And that's when time stops. Your last glimpse of them is at Grade Six graduation, scrubbed and tailored, smiling, and still pre-teen. The snapshots in your mind do not age. And that's why it's such a shock when you meet them again (at the mall, at the rink, at the grocery store) and they're all grown up, late teens to mid-twenties, university graduates now... or, young people with jobs and babies in tow. It's always such a kick to see them, especially at this time of year. (Nine times out of ten, they recognize me long before I recognize them. And sometimes I need to be coached to make the connection. Sorry, Tracey.)
What makes me happy is that they cared enough to remember an old fart who corrected their grammar and spelling, chewed them out when it was necessary, and expected results. But really, they don't remember any of that. What they tell me they remember is the fun they had. Fun! In school? Go figure. Which is why, whenever I entertain the thought of packing it in early -- and let me tell you, it often doesn't seem like much fucking fun -- I figure I'll carry on a little longer.
Because there are always (more than) a few who need a laugh. And a safe place to be.
Besides, I probably wouldn't have a clue what to do with myself otherwise.
1.1 Diners shall have the right to refuse a stomach pump. 1.2 There is no Right 1.2 2.1 Diners shall have the right, duty and obligation to pay in full. 3.1 See Right 2.1 3.2 to 5.5 These Rights have been removed by the Kitchen Staff.
DR. HUGO Z. HACKENBUSH
LUNCH COUNTER DIETICIAN
THE DINER'S BILL OF RIGHTS, Sections 5.6 to 7.4
5.6 Diners have the Right to tip generously. Neglect of this Right shall be at the expense of the Diner's desire to leave. 6.3 This is essentially a re-wording of 5.6 6.4 Diners are encouraged to use the washroom facilities, especially on All-Fibre Tuesdays. However, 'Floaters' must be removed. 7.4 Bread sticks are not a meal. And although they are provided free of charge and in abundance, there is a limit to Llewellen's tolerance.