July 16: Me' Kasi Journal

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - Posted by 366 White Elephants at 12:33 AM
Given to Gail from Sydney.

This little guy was an item Sydney picked up to support underprivileged persons in South Africa.  It's a journal covered on the outside by a reused family picture album cover and held together with a couple of metal rings with a decorative piece that connects the two.  It feels good to pass this along and that we're part of the solution to helping people in need.

But if only I could help all the people in the world with cankles.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it means people whose ankles and calves have fused together to form one long uniform leg piece. They need to start having fundraisers for all the stick-legged individuals, knee-down, to assemble some respectability.  The only band-aid for their plight are pairs of clamdiggers.  How sad a situation is that.

Gail
-Profession: Teacher

-Favorite historical period: The Renaissance

-Can a storm only be a really good storm if there are gale force winds?:  No, a lot of thunder and lightning make a good storm.  Under a canopy and behind a screen are great views for a story, but not behind a window.  I want to be touching it, but protected, too.

-Do you know if the 5th grade teachers at your school purposefully avoid talking about the "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" show?:  No, they wouldn't.  If they watched it, I'd think they'd laugh.

-What's the craziest/most unique essay written by a student in your class?:  There are two.  In 6th grade, we were writing poetry.  I'd go around and read students' stories on butterflies and soccer and I would say, "oh, that's lovely".  I came around to this one student and he and his neighbor wrote about all the hot chicks he had and that were around him.

Then, I asked the students to write scary stories around Halloween.  One student wrote about hacking people up--it was so graphic and bloody and disgusting.  I couldn't believe my story prompt got this.  I told him it was very good--and it was--but just not appropriate.