What Did You Do Today?

When I ask my students what they did the day before, they often answer with the words “nothing” or they merely shrug their shoulders. Then I chastise them by reminding them that they:

  • studied English/learned something about English
  • traveled on the subway
  • spoke to people from all corners of the globe
  • exchanged cultural information with those same people
  • traveled on public transportation in a foreign country
  • (possibly) had food they don’t normally have
  • communicated in a language that wasn’t their native language

Sometimes, they buy my enthusiasm and sometimes they do not and maintain the shrugs they started with.

The funny thing is that if they asked me what I did today, I would probably have to shrug my shoulders too. I had the day off and reflecting back on it, I have no idea what I did.  I am pretty sure I did a complete bunch of nothing really as opposed to having a day full of accomplishments.

Sure, I did stuff. I slept.  I ate.  I shopped.  I puttered around the house.  I cleaned a little and relaxed a little.  None of it was earth shattering or amazing, though.  I didn’t bother watching the unhappy news.  I only exercised a little.  I didn’t get any farther in the book I am reading.  I didn’t plan my lessons for the next day.   I either squandered or revelled in my day off.  It just depends on how you look at it.

I go to sleep with no regrets.  I have found Today’s Perfect Moment in enjoying a pretty average day.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to What Did You Do Today?

  1. Jinjer says:

    My dad traveled Mon-Fri for work. Every night he would call home to talk to us. I hated his nightly question of “What did you do today in school?”

    “Nothing”

    Obviously we did SOMETHING every day in school, but when you’re asked that question nothing comes to mind. I’m sure it was as frustrating for him as it was for me. I dreaded his call and that question. Obviously he was trying to have a connection with the child he only saw on weekends. Trying to show an interest in my life.

    Looking back now, I wish he had asked a more direct question that might’ve helped me THINK, such as “What did you guys talk about during history today?” or “What book are you guys reading for English?” or “What god-awful experiment did you have to do during science?”

  2. Funny how we are all guilty of the same answer. Imagine our answer if we focused on one thing and carefully drew it out.Think of the magic it would become.

  3. Hunida says:

    You don’t have to accomplish or do something everyday!

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