A Letter to My Dog, Half Pint

This last year may have been the worst one of my life, but at least I've got the world's two greatest dogs by my side to help me stagger into 2018. Today's post features a letter to Half Pint. Benjamin will be getting a letter later this week--he'd never let me hear the end of it, otherwise. Also, this posts features a lot of short video clips of Half Pint being silly. Since I apparently can't do anything right these days, they are exclusively shot in vertical mode. Please accept my apologies (and cut me some friggin' slack).

A "Why I love teaching middle school" Moment.


Yes, I know that I haven't written in a long time. I tend to write more when I'm stressed, and my lack of writing probably has a lot to do with the fact that things are going much better, lately.

HOWEVER, I do miss writing and making some of you laugh (either with me or at me) or think, so I decided to start a new series in the tradition of "Another Amazing Nick Story." These entries will be for when I don't have time to write a lot, but just feel like putting something out there.

A perfect opportunity for this is the many random, confusing, and inadvertently humorous things that middle school kids do and say.

When I tell people that I teach middle school, they often look at me as though I am dying of a rare disease and try to comfort me. While I will be the first to admit that it can be a difficult age to teach, I think that it is the best one--especially for music! You are teaching kids HOW to actually play their instruments and to begin to really make music. You are also guiding them through some tough years where they need all the guidance, support, and encouragement that they can get.

And of course, you get to laugh at all the stupid things they say and do...and their incredible lack of coordination and social skills. And with that long introduction, here is the first in a new series. This one just happened today:

Middle School Student (who is very smart and an All-Region Honor Band member): Mr. N, I need to ask you something.

Me: What is it?

Middle School Student: Well, I asked my science teacher if she played an instrument, and she told me that she played the radio.

Me <chuckling>: Okay...so what's your question?

Middle School Student: Mr. N, what is "The Radio?"


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