Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Melancholy

A group of students is reading Tuck Everlasting right now and in our discussion, the word melancholy came up. I try to help make sense of things for my students so in response I used a real life example, "Why, just yesterday I was feeling slightly melancholy because I wasn't here with you and my husband was working far away. I felt a little sad and lonely." One of my students looked at me earnestly, "Mrs. K, have you ever considered getting a pet?" Another student said, "You should have called a friend." And a third student said, "Taking a walk outside might help." I totally busted up laughing and reassured them that feeling "slightly melancholy" was not the same as being in the depths of depression. I sincerely thanked them for their concern. Great kids!

3 comments:

  1. They're looking out for you. By the way, Wendy and her family are coming up on March 12-13 to ski and hang out. You and Ken are welcome to come too, if you are interested. We'll probably ski at Harriman, but you can snowshoe as well. Also, thanks for the haggis article. It made me laugh.

    Suz

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  2. That was really sweet! How lucky they are to have a teacher who really, really cares about them!

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