If you know me, you know that I love to laugh. And when I say laugh, I mean double-over-from-laughing-so-hard-while-crying laugh.
I laugh at everything; from classic shows like The Golden Girls to falling down the stairs, I can find humor in just about everything. I truly believe that laughing makes life better. Being able to find laughter in a situation makes it that much richer and, sometimes, helps you through. As it turns out, teaching comes with a lot of laughter.
Guys – my people at the MS are hilarious. Seriously. They keep me on my toes daily and keep me laughing at everything. Some of my best memories are centered around the funny one-liners I get from my students daily. The things that come out of their mouths are some of the strangest, most creative strings of words I have ever heard. Here are a few examples from last week that my coworker, Mary Anne, tweeted out:
I mean, c’mon – they came up with this stuff without even thinking! The stories told during our Roll a Story game were hilarious. They left me with a smile and stories to take to my classmates the next day.
One of the funniest moments I can remember happened my first year working at ASP. I came to work looking like I always did (so, probably not grade A material) and the day seemed to be moving along like every other day before it. All of this changed when a young girl joined me for activity:
Student: Ms. Garey, do you have a boyfriend?
Me: No, I don’t.
Student: But you aren’t wearing makeup today?
Me: Nope, I’m not!
Student *leans in closer to whisper in my ear after giving me a once over*: Maybe that would help? Couldn’t hurt to try!
I remember whipping back in shock; did she actually just say that to me? I had heard that MS kids were brutally honest, but this was my first entrance into just how brutal it could be. And you want to know what I did after reeling back? I laughed.
And I laughed, and I laughed, and I laughed.
Because you know what? Kids really do say the most interesting, hilarious things. I love my job because it means I get to work with bright kids daily. These kids haven’t lost that spark of creativity yet and haven’t been jaded by the “that’s not a cool thing to say” phase. For that, I am so thankful. They have been a bright spot daily for the past few years and have caused me to buy waterproof mascara for fear of crying it all off.
I guess laughter really is the best medicine.