Perhaps I just do it because I get hungry all the time every second of the day and like to take things from them. Maybe it's because I love them so much that all that caring about their lives is hungry work? Either way, I treat food like improv comedy.
Always accept and never say no.
Today one of my students offered me a homemade blueberry muffin. I asked if the student personally made the muffin and when I got that "yes" I started to tremble with fear. 10th graders are real hit or miss when it comes to cooking skills. Baking is a little safer, but still scary.
Allow me to paint a picture of the taste.
Imagine the perfect, sunny, summer day near the ocean. Seagulls are chirping. Families are running and playing along the water. The warmth on your skin brings a smile to your face and the salty wind gently tickles your nose as you walk slowly into the waves.
Now imagine someone picks up a handful of sand and shoves it into your mouth followed by a handful of smashed blueberries.
That's what this tasted like. A flavorless, mushy, sandy mess.
"Is it the best muffin you've ever had?" - Student
"I would never lie to you. I have had better muffins, but this one made my day. It's pretty great." - Me
That may sound like a lie, but only because I let you into my head. The muffin was delicious, but not because it was anywhere close to tasting good. A student made it for me. Clearly there was some kind of struggle tragedy in the kitchen, but the end of that was this muffin. I appreciate it. It did make my day. I may be over the medically recommended weekly allowance of tums for adult humans, but it was worth it.
90% sure I mean that.
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