SYW: Magic, Bad Smells, Bad Bosses, & Voting

A new week, a new set of questions in Melanie’s Share Your World!


In your opinion, what’s the closest thing to real magic?
When the first flowers of spring appear after a long winter.

Where is the worst smelling place you’ve been?
The basement of our former house. It was an old house and prone to plumbing problems. The worst was when sewage would back up into the laundry sink or the shower (there was a shower in the basement).

What are some things that you’ve heard in your own life, which sounded like compliments but were actually insults?
I had two really horrible principals during my teaching career who often said insinuating things, to me or to others. One of them actually sabotaged my ability to get another job after he decided I couldn’t handle a classroom, because he had spent the school year doing everything he could to keep me from being successful. After he told me my contract wouldn’t be renewed, I asked if he would support me in another type of teaching job in the district and he said, “Well, you can apply…” I had many interviews that summer at various school districts and several offers, all of which were withdrawn after they talked to him. Finally, at the beginning of September, I was desperate and applied for a job as a teacher’s assistant (which means about 1/10 of the pay I’d received as a teacher). I was hired and the principal was very pleased with my former principal’s recommendation: “He said this would be a very good fit for you!”

What incredibly common thing have you never done?
Watched Game of Thrones.

Gratitude Section (Optional, as always)

I’m grateful for all the people who vote in the U.S. and for all the volunteers who register new voters and help people overcome the obstacles that Republicans create to keep people from voting. Hopefully, there will be a record turnout in November’s election. If there is, the Democrats will win and Trump will be history.

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