6/29/12

Nothing surprises me anymore…(Well, that’s not true, but it sounded good…)



I was hours from my home, staying in a resort hidden in the mountains and surrounded by serenity, lounging by the pool after my incredible day at the spa. The waitress brought me a lovely cocktail, the sun was shining and I was wearing a two-piece bathing suit that I NEVER imagined I would wear.


I was more relaxed than I’d been in a long, long time.
   

Then, I heard the words.    


“Mrs. Smythe!!  HEY!  Mrs. SMYTHE!”   I popped up from the lounge chair and a soaking wet Laura ran to me and wrapped her arms around me in surprised glee.  I was just as thrilled to see her, and hugged her tightly.  


It wasn’t until I saw her parents that I realized I was wearing a two-piece bathing suit.  Lord Have Mercy – I don’t think there’s a child in the world who wants to see one of their former teachers in a two-piece bathing suit; and I don’t think there’s a teacher in the world who wants a child’s PARENTS to see her in one.



Unless, of course,  she’s lost 35 pounds.  (Plus that other 225 lbs. that shall remain nameless.)  




Then it kind of rocks.






life is lovely....and full of amazing surprises. 





(Sweet Cheezes – isn’t there ANYWHERE in this country I can go without being spotted by one of my former students?)



12 comments:

ChiTown Girl said...

ARE YOU FREAKIN' SERIOUS?!?!?

Only YOU!!

Vodka Mom said...

I KNOW!! That shit ALWAYS happens to me!


hahahaha. I LOVED it. And Frankly, I almost expect it now.



lol

Clemson Girl said...

Ha! Always keeps you on your toes though!

Scope said...

I think 3 hours is just not far enough. Maybe if you were on the French Riviera?

Vodka Mom said...

now Scope..you KNOW we lived on the French Riviera for three years. SURELY someone would spot me there....

shrink on the couch said...

At least the student wanted to hug you instead of doing a big cannonball in front of you.

Big congrats to you, rocking that bikini!

Brian Miller said...

woohoo...way to rock the kini VM....

Mrs Catch said...

It's inevitable. Seeing former pupils. The ones that have thrown me the most have been in the last few years. When I've met my ADULT former pupils. That made me gulp!

Lynn said...

Oh, it does happen, doesn't it! I ran into a student in a grocery store in Hawaii!

It's the adult version that throws me the most!
Hubby was getting a haircut 700 miles from where we taught. It was a former student doing the cutting.

An electrician came out to our house- also 700 miles away and turned out it was a former student.

You interact with hundreds of humans in the span of a career --it's going to happen!

Vodka Logic said...

Awesome.. at least they see you and are happy :)

Mrs. E said...

The answer to that last question-- no. Trust me. AND thankfully for you, this student wasn't a teenager. I'm thinking my photo would have been sent by phone to other students with not necessarily complimentary comments. They hug you. They love you. Why do I teach HS students??!! :(

Mimi Lenox said...

No, Deb, you can't run and you can't hide. What a sweet story.

You look maaahvelous darlink!