(oh, and flowers and chocolates, too.)
Valentine’s Day is, hands-down, my least favorite day to
babysit a room full of teenagers teach.
So, this year, to illustrate the effect this miasma of pink, purple, read, and terrifying teenage hormones has on my teaching, I decided I would keep a tally of the number of times I saw the following items, mainly in the hands of my 83 students, though I did count some from the hallway):
1) Stuffed animals – 17
2) Chocolate packages – 16
3) Balloons – 16
4) Flowers – 10 (total of bouquets and single stems)
When I informed my students that I was going to keep track, a male student thought for a moment and said, “She’s making fun of us, guys,” which of course caused me to laugh. Then, another student responded with, “Smart people laugh about weird things.” I will, undoubtedly, write more about that particular nugget of wisdom later.
My only comment on the
mania phenomenon of today is: if these students spent the same amount of money on pencils, pens, and paper, it would really be something.