Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Navel Gazing

I got my first gift from a student today. Elin from one of my classes gave me some candy. Wednesday is probably my favorite day because the classes are much easier to teach and it's kind of fun. Also of course, my K9-83 class is then, which is always a lot of fun. Master William once again came and talked to me for most of the break. I actually don't think I can put what he says on here just because at the end of the day, it's probably told to me in confidence or something like it. Hopefully he doesn't become an asshole in a couple months. Looking back at some of my earlier entries it's interesting to see how my perceptions of students and even my job have changed. I never really thought of this blog as a record but I suppose it kind of is.

I'm definitely approaching the four month mark soon. This place is sometimes quite hard, sometimes quite cool. I guess when I got here I never thought this is quite where I would be. (I'll avoid the fortune cookie wisdom of saying that where you think you're going to be is never where you are, although this is also true). And where am I? In some apartment by a train station by myself. With some friends although not very many, the ability to talk for 3 or 4 hours mostly in Chinese, earning a living by playing with and teaching children, watching MTV, owning a digital camera. I certainly never thought I would have weekly conversations with a 12 year old Taiwanese boy or that I would enjoy them. I never thought children would even like me. As it is, smartass little girls and quiet boys like me. Thinking about it of course this makes a lot of sense.

1 comment:

Jamaica said...


I can't say that you're where I thought you'd be either, but it seems to agree with you.