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But, here are some thoughts I had in mind. Let me know what you think. Would you read any of these (in meatier detail)?
The girl with crippling anxiety: Okay, yes, dramatic... But there's a point. This was going to be a memory I had about a seventh grader who I taught when I was a middle school teacher. This girl would a) never come to school, or b) complete her school work up at the front office under the supervision of the administration. One day, the vice principal called my classroom, and the girl had asked if she could attend my language arts class. Of course I wouldn't have her interact, but observe for her to feel safe and take her time. My students ended up getting hyper and just making her laugh, which eventually made her open up very slowly, feel welcome, and then she starting coming to class and ditching the front office.
I felt good that she felt safe with us, and it's in those moments where I really miss teaching. But also just reflecting how fragile humans can be. She was just a 12-year-old deeply afraid of being vulnerable with others, and I totally get that. It's what makes us human, and I can't help but admire her. I'll always remember that girl. She inspired me.
Why Frasier's dad is the perfect father: So, Adam and I have been on a bit of a Frasier kick lately. And Niles just cracks me up. He always has. But the dad, who is this rough, hard-ass ex-cop continually let's the pompous statements that his pretentious boys be who they are. He knows they have a strong moral compass and good character--just like his father--and Marty knows that this is what really matters. He never forced them to be like him: more rugged, strong, into sports, beer, whatever. Anyway, the point is that he didn't try to fit them in a box and he basically pulled a Maria Montessori and let him do their own thannng. In the original post idea, I was going to break it down into specific Marty Crane gifs, but how many people out there are Frasier fans? (Answer: EVERYONE.)
Flashback--My Livejournal and why I continue to write publicly: This is one I'm going to write a lengthier response to. I always hear older people mention, "Why do people post this? Or write that? Or do this online? They'll regret it in x amount of years." And that's great for them. Have that perspective. But for me, it's my legacy. The Livejournal I read was a 17- 18- 19- and 20-year-old people who I am not today, but it was refreshing hearing her voice, and embarrassing to read her opinions, and inspiring to learn how passionate she was about mundane things that get lost in our heads. I saw how she used to graphic design. I saw how into anime she was. I stood back with fresh eyes as she went through first romantic relationships. I write because I want to share that part of myself a) to you, and b) to remember me. Call that egotistical, but I think we can learn from our past selves.
Oh, my... There are so many more. But, I'll keep these "Annotated Post Ideas" on the back burner for now and mayyyyybe make this a post series. That way, I don't completely neglect these little ideas I want to bring to life.
What about you? Burning topics in your head that you just want to get out... And then eventually forget? ;)