Laughter Challenge, Awesome for an Old Person
I do enjoy a good challenge, especially when it promises a good story. So, I was delighted to see this challenge from bestwriter , telling a story about ourselves that has a touch of humour.
It was about ten years ago and I was doing my first day of casual day relief teaching at a school I was unfamiliar with. I was placed in a class of eleven and twelve year old students, an age group I hadn't taught for some time. In order to break the ice and gain a little possible respect, I told them I'd competed in the local women's triathlon the day before. A voice came out of the front desk, saying "Wow! That's awesome for an old person." Complete silence filled the room, the kids not knowing how I'd respond to the suggestion I was old.
He realised very quickly he may have made an error in uttering those words, so without waiting for my response he looked at me in an apologetic way and added, "Well, you are aren't you?" How could I not crack up laughing. Yes, I told them all, I am old, and I'm proud of myself for having completed the triathlon. I had the respect of that class from that moment onward.
I still chuckle at the lad and how he dug himself further into his hole rather than climbing out of it. If we want the respect of kids, we have to respect their way of thinking. To him I was definitely old. And, myself? After the triathlon of the previous day I admit, I was feeling rather old and tired myself.
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