Shawn L. Bird

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poem-mother January 27, 2015

Grade eight.

Horror.

Mother is her substitute teacher today.

“Do not

acknowledge

that you know me!” she hissed.

But when her name was called for

attendance, and teacher-mother

looked around for

whichever student would raise her hand,

she glowered,

unhappy

with anonymity.

 

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18 Responses to “poem-mother”

  1. This is so funny as I was a teacher and one of my daughters was in my classes for 3 years! The poor child said I was always tougher on her than all the other pupils!
    However we are the best of friends now that she is all grown up and a mother herself. In fact she loves me to teach her children.

    • I have taught nieces, nephew, and my daughter. (My son escaped). I don’t think I was ever any tougher on any of them, mostly since I have quite simple criteria that anyone can see is either met or not. πŸ™‚

  2. cgbalu Says:

    wow….I got a picture of the situation. I thought, the child will say “yes mother!” πŸ™‚

    • She never admitted it.

      Toward the end of the class, one of the students leaned forward and whispered, “Are you C’s mom?” I leaned back and winked, “Yes, but she doesn’t want people to know.” It was quite entertaining for me, I must confess.

  3. PrairieChat Says:

    Have the Head of the college English Department tell your class she had changed your diapers and you will understand the desire for anonymity

  4. SiriusOryon Says:

    Great take on the inner hypocrisy of the ‘teenage phenomenon.’ πŸ˜‰

  5. I would die if my mom was ever my substitute teacher…she is cool and all…but I don’t think I would want my “too cool for school” 80’s lovin’ mama as say..my english sub…*shudders* Cute poem though. ^_^ made me giggle.

  6. My younger brother was in one of the first classes I substituted. My son was in a similar class, many years later. Both pretended they had never seen me before.

  7. shivangi268 Says:

    Really wonderful πŸ™‚


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