Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Crush

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I remember back when I was in the seventh grade—a pubescent boy in the beginning stages of acne and that gawky period in life we all have to endure for a season—or two. This was the year I found myself on the third floor in Ms. Flickinger’s homeroom.

Ms. Flickinger was my favorite teacher that seventh grade year; there was just something about her quirky mannerisms and enthusiasm that drew me in, and made me love school. Of course it probably also had something to do with the stories she told about her cannibalistic goldfish, or maybe it was due to the fact that she caught me after I’d completely plagiarized my report from the encyclopedia; instead of nailing me, she let me know with subtle hints that she knew and wanted me to know that she knew.

You know?

I never plagiarized another paper after being in her class.

There’s something about having a teacher like Ms. Flickinger that makes the year go so much easier, a magical something that helps you to look forward to getting up and going to school each day. Okay, I have to admit here that I had a little bit of a crush on her – you know, just to be honest.

After my eighth grade year, Ms. Flickinger moved to another school and I went to high school.

But I’ve never forgotten her.

Fast forward to now.

I’ve been a full-fledged teacher for just a breath over a decade now. This past week I sat in my classroom reading over my students’ journal entries. As I reached the end of one particular entry I came across a P.S.


Maybe I shouldn’t have told that goldfish story…

30 comments:

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I'm sure the fish story swept her off her feet. LOL.

Oilfield Trash said...

Ah that is such a thoughtful yet smart comment from a student.

Kristina P. said...

Haha, that is adorable.

FabuLeslie said...

Ok, so far I can't see the picture. I guess I will come back and try again later. I'm intrigued.

Cheeseboy said...

I am laughing out loud. Too funny. I'm glad she clarified by telling you that she is only telling you this because it's Christmas time.

My first grade girls never have crushes on me. I think it's because I don't wear ties. either that or my ugly mug.

Mamma has spoken said...

That was great! Still sitting here laughing at her "I love you but not in that way' comment.....
Let's see what happens in oh lets say 10 more years.....

Sarah said...

Oh, that is just SWEET!!! I used to have a crush on one of my teachers. He was very enthusiastic and also helped me to like school (or at least his classes). He had a great way of teaching AND he played the guitar...what more could a young girl ask for?

Joan said...

Precious, precious, precious... Love those love notes. =)

Mikki said...

So sweet. Love the "BUT" part.

Dazee Dreamer said...

That is the cutest note ever. "but not enough to date". hahahahah

msprimadonna67 said...

That's adorable!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Hey, she brought u back to reality by mentioning how old she was... LOL, as if u would of ......? Or maybe she was too presumptuous... in that case, omg, what a conceited child! LOL

Linn said...

Wow, talk about laughing hard. That is fantastic!

tammy said...

I love it. Glad she clarified that she doesn't love you enough to date you.

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

Fabulous. That one goes in the "keep" file for sure!

Saimi said...

So that is way too adorable! After all, she's only 10 sheez!

Our preschoolers don't have crushes they think of us more as a second mom!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I can't stop giggling. Hey, love is love though!

Ms Bibi said...

That is sooooo sweet....P.S. You must be one awesome teacher.

hotstones said...

teehee, adorable!

T said...

since it's Christmas time...

I love this post - only not enough for a date... partly because I'm married but mostly because a date with a post would be extremely awkward...

Jason, as himself said...

This cracks me up! Kids are so great. (Unless they're bothering me.) (Just kidding.) (Not really.) (Okay, maybe.)

I would love to spend a day in your classroom.

birdeeb said...

CUTE!

Jenny said...

LOL...I love the things children say or write.

Connie said...

In another 10 years, she'll write a post about her crush on her 5th grade teacher! Who could blame her?

Nuttley said...

I know how she feels...he was named Mr. Halling and he taught 5th grade also. But I never sent him notes like that. You must be one special teacher.
So funny!

Cherie said...

Oh my gosh that is so stinkin' cute - I love it!!
Maybe she'll have her mom invite you over for dinner!

Rachel said...

Mr. Wald. Freshman year of highschool. Sadly...... he was married and had kids. Other wise, I'm sure he'd have had a crush on me too. ;)

Mr. Hughes said...

Thanks for all the comments! I have really enjoyed reading your blog. I also have added your blog to my blog as a click-link. I will add you to my blog list as well! I enjoy your crazy humor and amazing photography! I look forward to reading many more of your adventures! BY the way, way COOL idea on the pictures for your kids gifts! You have some really amazing pictures! Happy Holidays!

M-Cat said...

Let's be honest here - who DOESN"T have a crush on you? Christmas or not.

What a cute note

Annette said...

I've had kids and/or volunteered in your class since 2007. I know a few more who have had a crush on you. But then, you might have guessed it. After all, who could blame them? :)

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