We all know that I love elementary school. Here are a few moments from this week that reminded me either 1) how much I love my students or 2) how naive and adorable they are.
One of my 2nd grade students asked me what my biggest culture shock was when I first came to Japan. I told her I was surprised how narrow the streets were. She was surprised that I did not say, “All Japanese people have brown eyes and black hair.”
A 4th grader was surprised that I was riding a bike to school because he thought that “only Japanese people did that.”
Apparently, when I wear one of those masks that Japanese use when either they are sick or they are avoiding getting sick (the latter doesn’t actually work), I look really cool (words of a 6 grade boy) and cute (words of a 5th grade girl)
While eating lunch with some 6th graders, two of the girls asked me about my eye make-up because my eyes looked prettier than usual. More specifically, they were wondering how I got such a lovely shade of purple under my eyes and to please teach them. Yes, they thought the bags under my eyes (due to a lack of sleep because of bronchitis) were pretty.
One of my 5th graders just now realized that I do not have brown eyes.
Still trying to convince them that I do not have blue eyes…nor do I have blonde hair.
A 5th grade boy told me that I “speak English so well!”
More to come I am sure.