Once upon a time (almost seven years ago), in a land far, far away (
Long Island), I worked as a high school
English teacher. That particular time in my life was a rather dark one for
reasons I won't discuss now, but, long story short, teaching was not the career
for me. I found my ultimate bliss in librarianship and everything worked out,
but I do sometimes miss the "editorial" aspects of English education.
I liked the process of proofreading, correcting, and, to whatever extent I was
able, improving a work of writing. I think it’s 90% that I love words, and 10%
that I’m a control freak. DON’T JUDGE ME.
Anyway, when kids at the library ask me to proofread something for them, I am happy to do so. Although it’s technically not part of my job, I enjoy talking to them about their assignments and what they can maybe change/add/delete to make their essays and reports a bit more polished. It's a satisfying task, because what could be more important than furthering a kid’s education and maybe even helping them to get a higher grade?
I’ll tell you what’s more important: helping a kid get a DOG.
|"Puppy Bull Terrier Birth from Egg" is the sort of thing youget when you search for "free dog pictures." |
I can't explain it either.
A 12-year-old girl, one of our scrappy, funny library regulars, came up to the reference
desk the other day with a “persuasive letter” that she had written to her parents and
grandparents, outlining very logical and coherent reasons for them to allow her to get a
dog. She asked me to look over the letter and judge its potential effectiveness. (She didn't have time for corrections, and she probably wouldn't have cared anyway.)
Before she took the letter back, I snapped a quick picture of it. It's a little blurry thanks to
my useless cell phone camera, and some of the text got cut off, but I think you can see
just how much pure, desperate emotion was put into it, along with the facts:
|Please note her use of "fur fill" instead of "fulfill." Intentional or not, it's PURE GENIUS.|
I really just love everything about this, and I told the girl so. Sure, there's some awkward sentence structure and a few spelling errors, but, hey, I'm not an English teacher anymore. As far as I'm concerned, she completed her task.
A+, kid. I hope you get your dog.