On Being a Kid

Oh boy. Looking at the big “14” on the countdown marker really puts a rock in your stomach. I’m somewhere between feeling like I have lots I need to do and feeling like a boulder snug in the mud. Some things I’d like to get done:

  • Hang out & take pictures with friends
  • Get photos printed and in a photo album
  • Back up computer files
  • Clean room
  • Finish Packing
  • Get a haircut
  • Get phone unlocked
  • Health insurance???
  • FINISH THE GOD DAMNED PRE-ORIENTATION SESSIONS
  • CLEAN PWAPWA’S HOUSE FOR GOD’S SAKE

And the two major things to do when all the essential things are done: read up on how to teach & learning Korean.

In the meantime, I’ve been pinning like mad all of the posts I can find on teaching ESL. Pinterest is the devil. I could easily sink two hours into it with about as much awareness as swatting a fruit fly off a banana. On the other hand, it’s been making the everyday reality of the classroom seem a lot less intimidating and much more exciting! Makes me remember my grade school days.

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Lately, I’ve been thinking to myself that maybe the reason behind a creative block is being too inhibited by “adult” constructions of what needs to be. Style, intent, symbolism, the need to be extensively complex while maintaining the smooth, opaque surface, like some kind of classical painting with all the gesso and gloss. Ich. Maybe what artistic types need is a throw back to childhood days where things just were whatever we wanted them to be. Picking up dolls and inventing things on the fly.

This is Jenny. Jenny lives on the farm with lots of sheeps and cows and horses.

Yeah, well, this is George and George is a spy with a laser gun. Ring ring! Oh no, it’s the president! They’re gonna blow him up! Come on Jenny, let’s go!

NO KYLE JENNY IS A FARMER YOU CAN’T JUST MAKE HER A SPY!!!

Yet no one questions the fact that Jenny is a fuchsia unicorn.

I just love how spontaneous and zany the child’s imagination can be. Anything can and will be. Of course it is! Always makes me think of this Family Guy clip, in which Stewie kidnaps Brian:

Here’s to hoping that a dose of classroom time will kick us the creative balls!


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