Monday, June 20, 2005

In Which our Protagonist References A Hit Single by Journey

The title of this entry really ought to read, "In Which our Protagonist Falls to Her Knees in Self-Flagellation and Gratitude," but I can't resist using the Journey reference, and to include both would make the title go onto the next line. I'm a smidge too neurotic for that.

When I walked into my meeting with the first of my two cooperating teachers this afternoon, I was not in good spirits. Aside from being highly anxious due to the less-than-stellar phone "conversation" I had with her last week, it was approaching 80 degrees, and I was in a fucking blazer. A fucking lined blazer. And a pair of strappy, irritating sandals that were slicing fine red lines into my sweaty feet with every step. Oh, Ms. Frazzled; you and your fashion faux pas, I thought. If she doesn't hate you for calling her last week, she's certainly going to think you a little odd in this get-up. And what's with the purse? Totally doesn't match. And still, I pressed on.

And when I saw her sitting at her desk in her spacious, bright classroom, immediately I heard bars from "Don't Stop Believing" by - yes, you guessed it; look at how smart you are! - Journey begin playing in my head. Don't ask me why, but for some reason, that song is my "love at first sight" anthem. I have no idea from where this association arises; I only know that it exists, and that it is generally a superb sign. Like a vision, there she was, with a messy blonde ponytail, cute little scholarly glasses, a white t-shirt, khaki capris, and - here's where it gets good - white socks and pink sneakers. She was wearing pink sneakers. Her sneakers matched my shirt. She had me at the pink sneakers.

When she smiled and began using phrases I recognized, like "classroom community building," "guided reading groups," "writing workshop," and "DEAR time," all of my fear melted into a puddle and joined the sweat at my uncomfortable, but sexily-sandaled, feet. Ha.

Dear readers, I could see myself very easily developing a crush on Ms. Sneakers, as she will be known from here on. I shan't permit myself this indulgence, however, for obvious reasons, not the least of which is the fact that she's close to forty and married. However, I am comforted by this. She is not, indeed, anything resembling the Hitler of elementary school teachers, and I think that she might turn out to be okay, after all. The veracity of this statement does remain to be seen, but so far, I shall say, so good.

Tomorrow, I meet in person with the cooperating teacher for my second seven-week session. She and I have spoken twice on the phone, and I already possess nothing but good feelings for her. I'm actually looking forward to seeing her. That is, of couse, assuming I can find the school.


At 1:54 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

HOOORAAYYY!!!! I'm so glad that your meeting went well. ::jumps up and does a little celebration dance for you::

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Smithee said...

Whew! I just read the post about the phone call and I was so nervous for you. I'm glad your face-to-face meeting went well. And the pink sneakers are awesome! (I should know; I have pink high-top Chuck Taylors that my students told me were sweet, cool, and very hip.)

I know you're going to have a great semester, but good luck to you anyway. Remember that there are plenty of us who know EXACTLY how you feel, and we'll be here for you when you need us.

At 2:33 PM, Blogger Anna said...

That's fabulous that the meeting went so well! You had me so worried after the last post, curled up into the fetal position as you were and all ;)

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