Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fine. I Might Have a Quirk or 7: #1

#1:  I once appeared in a t.v. public service spot celebrating a teacher I disliked.

At one point in my looooooong schooling history, I worked with a teacher I disliked.  He was frequently absent,  returned homework weeks and even months after it had been due, and ice skated all around the subject matter without ever teaching us anything.

Then that teacher was chosen to be honored for his great teaching.  Isn't that how life goes?!

A film crew was scheduled to shoot a public service "commercial" honoring this "great" teacher.  The little spot would air on t.v. statewide for weeks.  The teacher asked several of his students to appear in the tribute.  I was among that group and thought the irony of it all was hysterically funny.

When the morning of the filming arrived, I was very nervous.  This film thing would be seen by other students.  This film thing would be seen by genuinely good teachers.  I would be on t.v. being disingenuous. 

I arrived at the filming only to discover that NOT ONE of the other students had shown up.  So my little 30 second tribute was to be expanded to several minutes - during which I was extol the teaching virtues of the teacher I considered to be one of the worst of my entire life. 

Somehow I survived those moments of terror and blank-minded talking.  When the spot first appeared I was mortified at how high my voice was, how obviously nervous I was, and how untruthful I was.

A few days later I received that most gracious of thank-you notes from the professor.  He said that students like me made his entire career worthwhile.

*sigh*

11 comments:

Pleasing Procrasinator said...

Wow, I am sure even though he wasn't deserving of this honor you did the right thing.
Me, I probably would have bolted unless my conscience got to me before I did. I feel kinda bad for him.

Mental P Mama said...

The High Road is not always the easiest path....

Veggie Mom said...

As a high school English teacher, I would teach this to the students as "Supreme Irony."

Checkered said...

You do mean you love me when you say "I love you," right?

Big Hair Envy said...

WHAT?! How could you ever keep a straight face around him after that?? That is hilarious!!! Just the sight of him would have caused me to snicker....If he only knew:)

Amy-littletoesandcheerios said...

Sounds like he was in a rut and needed some encouragement. Ironically, I guess you were that person. Life's funny that way.
I love your profile pic! I'm all about the humor these days. We need it to survive, right?!

Keeper Of All Things said...

Your very gracious

Big Hair Envy said...

I am dying to know if your husband has shaved his entire body like Michael Phelps!!! hahahahaha! Has he even responded to your request??

You crack me up!!!!

Bobbi said...

Too funny!

LadiesoftheHouse said...

Isn't life weird sometimes?

Mrs4444 said...

Wow. What could you do? That's like out of a nightmare!