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Amparo Bertram

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05:22 pm: Talk? Who, me?
Today was relatively uneventful. Two of my classes were taken over by other teachers, so my schedule was much lighter than usual.

The first out-of-the-ordinary occurrence was when one of the home ec teachers tried to talk to me.


Teacher: When are you going home?

Me: I don't know. <Isn't it kind of early to be asking me that?>

Teacher: Aren't you going home over winter break?

Me: <Oh. That.> No.

Teacher: You are?

Me: <D'oh, I did it again. I keep forgetting that whole negative reversal thing.> No, I'm not.

Teacher: Are you going to make a Christmas cake?

Me: We don't have that tradition in America.

Teacher: Are you busy?

Me: ...? <Talk about a non sequitur. Where did that come from?>

Teacher: <tries again, probably thinking I didn't understand what she said> Are you busy on the 24th?

Me: I don't know if you'd call it busy, but I'm making a present for a friend.

Teacher: What are you making?

Me: Clothes and such.

Teacher: Crocheting?

Me: No. Sewing.

Teacher: ...Crocheting? <adds hand gestures to be sure I know what she's talking about>

Me: <Either she didn't hear me, she didn't understand me, or she just plain didn't believe me.> ...No.

Teacher: I'm helping a bunch of students make Christmas cakes on the 24th.

Me: ... <That's nice.>

Teacher: But if you're busy, never mind.

Me: ... <Oh. Now I get it. This entire conversation was to ask me if I wanted to make a Christmas cake with your students. That's really nice of you, but it would have saved my poor brain a lot of effort if you would have said so.>


Then later in the afternoon, the vice principal came over to my desk and told me that I would be asked in January if I wanted to renew my contract for another year, so I should think about it.

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