I Can Help You Birth Your Baby, But Please Don’t Ask Me to File Your Taxes

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25 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    You call that passive aggressive?


  2. monica says:

    You are a person person, not a number person. I’d say.
    Circles or ridges??

  3. Jazz says:

    Expense reports. Bleh.

  4. Balou says:

    Wow. I’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Saint Jocelyn…is it available? Give me your homework. I’ll do it for you as long as you tell me the Kleenex box shoe story.

  5. Becky Cazares says:

    And I’ll do your taxes! Just as long as you keep feeding us the reality of lives we glimpse only briefly which occupy a good part of your day… and make us sometimes dream of being community college professors in another life.

  6. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    Oh, I think I would like your job. Just decided after attending a secondary ed job fair that I don’t want to go back to high school.

    I’m sorry having you go through a student dying. Always too much heart weight.

  7. Dory says:

    I loved hearing your work stories. LOVED.


  8. Susan says:

    All I can think of is that I will have a college student in a year…I can only wonder what she would be staying after class to say…

  9. sid says:

    Man your job sounds stressful. I boiled when I read that one of your students actually believes that people deserve to be inflicted with AIDS. You have no idea how angry that type of sentiment makes me.

  10. Kylie w Warszawie says:

    Sweet. I now know that it wouldn’t be better if I was teaching ANY other age group. Teenagers are just as annoying as adults and preschoolers.

    But I have had a student steal the Eucharist and allegedly say a “black mass” with it – most likely putting some kind of curse on me and the other person who turned her in.

    You’re awesome!

  11. Bethany says:

    “I have had a student who, every time I walked past his desk, would slip me a note. Usually they read something like, “I want to become a lounge performer in Las Vegas.””

    I want to hear more about this guy. He sounds like a dreamer.

    Good luck with that expense report!

  12. kmkat says:

    I’ll do your taxes in a heartbeat, but keep me away from a classroom full of students…

  13. lime says:

    it is because you are a credit to your profession due to the fact that you know the impact of your work upon human beings, that you take it seriously, that you see what is really important. you see the big picture and you are being asked to focus on something that really has no bearing on anything you do or the students you serve. that sheet would give me hives too.

  14. Jill says:

    I wanna hear the Kleenex box story!

    P.S. I wish the world were filled with teachers like you. 🙂

  15. Scott Garson says:

    found this thru Phil’s blog

    hi Joce!

  16. Chantal says:

    I loved this post!

  17. actonbell says:

    What a riveting post! You do have one challenging and interesting life.

    And there is truly something wrong with our tax system that so many smart, honest people dread the paperwork, and also that so many people wind up PAYING to file their taxes. We really shouldn’t take this any more.

  18. Princess Pointful says:

    I’ve missed your words, Jocelyn. I’m glad you can remember the beautiful bits in the difficult. It is inspiring for us beginners who just remember the difficult by itself.

  19. Pam says:

    Yuk. Can’t believe that people base their work around designing those forms…they’re just as bad as those that enjoy enforcing them them with the word “deadline”.Not really cheery is it!Really interesting post Jocelyn!By the way, my daughter was one of those students who had problems with getting an assignment in on time because of pressing personal issues. I told her she would have to let the lecturer know exactly what was going on, thinking to myself”that poor woman”.Asking later how she got on, she told me “she was really good, passing the box of tissues etc”. I’m guessing that may have something to do with the Kleenex box shoes?

  20. cathy says:

    Well hurry up and get it sorted. We need the kleenex box as shoes story, and we need it NOW!

  21. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    Just reading this report from down in the trenches affected me like a tidal wave divesting a roller coaster of its moorings. Your spirit of adventure never fails to amaze.

    I have personally had zero experience of the difficulties in being hung like a donkey, but I have met plenty of asses, as, apparently, have you.

    Punctuation seems to be tricky. My husband’s brother suffers from commarrhea, a terrible affliction in which commas are inserted between every two words whether they are needed or not. It, gets, old,,,.

  22. phd in yogurtry says:

    So the first girl, the one who wrote her parents a letter and they loaned her money for her own apartment… was she in Mexico with her lame-o boyfriend?

    I loved reading these vignettes, the tip of the iceberg no doubt. I was especially moved by the young woman who wanted you to stand by her at her mother’s memorial.

  23. Pearl says:

    The expense report is difficult because what you need is an assistant.

    I can stop by next week sometime. I require margaritas and guacamole — and not the pre-made stuff, either, but squished with love (and a fork) by you personally.

    You know what’s really weird? I had you saved in my favorites — but to a specific post!!! I kept going back to it, and there it was, the damn blog on something under your minivan car seat, and I thought, how strange! she’s such a good writer — why doesn’t she update this damn thing?!!!


    OK! So! I’ve been missing out apparently.

    Fully owning my idiocy,


  24. NeedleDancer says:

    Your student list reminds me of an enlarged version of mine.
    Students are amazing creatures. I’m going to resist the urge to share some of my stories… because you’ve got me trumped a couple of times…

  25. Glamourpuss says:

    I need to start pulling that bipolar card.

    And yeah, my head of department was very like your dean, suggesting I go on a course to learn how to deal with people. I was recently heartened by the news that she was resigning her lucrative position as HoD because her department had written and signed a letter of no confidence. The universe is just.


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