There are two candidates for the Perfect Moment….or maybe two completely different Perfect Moments. Maybe I am too tired to pick the right one.
The first is the picture I have included above. I found it on one of my student’s notebooks. When I asked him how old the book was, he wasn’t sure. He did say he has had it since he started learning English, though.
In my years of teaching, I have seen lots of notebooks with nonsensical English on them. The vast majority of these things came from Asia. This one had Russian on it, but my student had never been to Russia.
As for me, I didn’t know that Jeep could be a gerund.
The second is a moment of quiet. You see, the teacher’s room is a noisy place. Teachers, perhaps having spent years or just the last couple of hours trying to get their students’ attentions, have developed loud projecting voices. Couple that with a predisposition towards weird niche pursuits, unique personalities, and everyone knowing a smattering of languages and you have the perfect recipe for cacophony.
We have teacher’s meeting scheduled during lunch breaks this week. People are scheduled on different days and I am scheduled for the next day, so I remained at my desk while everyone in my immediate area filed out. What was left was beautiful silence. No arguing about comparatives or past participles. No play by play descriptions of RuPaul’s Drag Race. No music or movie trivia. There was just silence.
I haven’t had such a productive lunch break in months.