Monday, September 19, 2005

Teaching In a Small Town

I was reading a post about teaching in a small town yesterday, which said, among other things, don't apply to teach in a small town unless you really like your students, because you will meet them everywhere: they will bag your groceries, baby-sit your kids, take your tickets at the movies, serve your eggs at the local restaurant, sell you your birth control pills, and I just started laughing, because this is just utterly true. I remember when I was living in Pocatello, Idaho, and I was buying a pregnancy test for the kid, to see if I was pregnant at last. It was sold to me by the guy in my Utopian/Dystopian Lit class.

And? Since this is Talk Like a Pirate Day?

"don't apply t' teach in a small town unless you really like your students, because you will meet them everywhere: they will bag your groceries, baby-sit your sprogs, take your tickets at t' movies, serve your eggs at t' local restaurant!"

4 comments:

zelda1 said...

I was grew up in a small town and you're right. Everyone knows everthing about your personal life. Something that bothered me and still bothers me. But my biggest complaint, by far, when I lived in a big city was that no one knew me and I felt isolated and lost and missed the familiarity between seeing people at the store and at the doctor that knew me. I also missed the history that I shared with these folks. No one in the big city could ever say they knew my mom or my grandparents or even me and that I missed. The advantages of a bigger city was the anonimity and the isolation which is ironic since the isolation is what I hated too.

zelda1 said...

Oh, Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Be ye a happy one on this day and many more to follow. Argh argh and walk the plank and all that good stuff.

Mouse said...

Yah, I grew up in a small town and I got to go to dinner with my teachers. Actually, I am still in contact with a few of them.

Diane said...

That was hard for me to get used to when I moved here from New Orleans. There are several small towns around here, but they ar all linked together. I don't like running into clients when I've just been working in the yard and look like it. I may soon join a gym to which one of my clients belongs. I spoke with her about it and she said she was fine with it, but I'm not sure I am.