Another Awkward Moment in A Long Line of Them


As a teacher, you hope that you are forewarned certain things about your students, or else incidents like this and this are going to happen; one of the things that requires a warning is if your student has a twin . . . but I was not warned, and so when I saw one of my particularly clever students on the stairway, and was excited that she had coincidentally used the word "anthropomorphize" in her essay-- because this was a word that came up in class that day and she was the only student who knew what it meant-- I yelled this non sequitur to her: "Anthropomorphize! You used it in your essay! That's funny!" but I did not realize that this was NOT my student, but her twin (because, as smart as my student is, she did not warn me she has a twin, so I blame her for this awkward moment) and so her twin gave me a weird look of non-recognition-- a look that said, "Why are you yelling sesquipedalian words at me, creeper?" and then she gave me the cold shoulder and continued up the stairs . . . but we sorted it out later in the day and now I am on my guard for doppelgangers.

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Igor said...

I love that you have -- and need -- an "Awkward Moments" label as you chronicle your daily life.

Dave said...

thank god this blog doesn't stretch farther into the past-- although i could do a whole "igor's favorite awkward moment with dave" genre . . .

Igor said...

"I just wanted to see how cold it was outside" is Top 10 material.

Dave said...

i'm going to write that one-- i forgot about that . . .

eric said...

I have three sets of identical twins in one period, and a fourth twin who is separated--all identical, which means it has nothing to do with fertility drugs. We didn't have twins in Ohio. Not like this anyway.

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