Why I Don’t Teach Lower Elementary

I had to cover someone’s morning duty so I could leave early this afternoon to go to the foot doctor re: my broken toe. My job was to watch all of the second through sixth graders in the gym with the PE teacher.

A second grade student who didn’t know my name walked up to me. “Ms! Ms…um…?” I said my name and nodded for her to continue, “He told another boy that I like him!”

Oh please. Shoot me now. “Do you?” I asked as sweetly as I could.


“Then he’s being stupid. Go sit down.”

Her eyes turned into saucers and she gave me a “that’s it?” look and ran off.


So I went to the foot doctor and the foot doctor said that my fracture is actually worse than it was three weeks ago! How is that possible? I have been wearing that dumb blue orthopedic shoe constantly!

He called for another three weeks off of taekwondo and on the shoe.

Six weeks without taekwondo. Sigh. And it’s not even like I can substitute exercise here. I’m stretching and doing pushups (from the knees) and situps, but I can’t jump rope, I can’t walk to work… Arg!


So my new favorite Korean song is 브라운아이즈’s 가지마 가지마 (Brown Eye’s “Don’t Go Don’t Go”). Note, this is not the official video, because the official video has some weird donkey fetishization in it.

I can’t stop singing, “가지마~ 가지마~ 가지마~!” Kajima, kajima, kajima!