Intrepid Girl Reporter

Friday, 3/21: one big holiday
March 21, 2008, 12:33 pm
Filed under: actual transcripts, Catholicism, IGR Recommends, skool, students, teaching

2L – The Price is Right

  • got a few letters (a really good one from the balding kid)
  • liked game (had to do it without powerpoint…again)

2I – The Price is Right

  • Tried having them write words in English, but it took too long
  • talked to Monkey and Dwight Shrute about doing more advanced work
    • I feel bad about this because I know they’re not the only ones who can do it, they’re just the most noticeable – keep watching for others
    • Monkey looked a little embarrassed, so don’t make a big deal out of it

2E – The Price is Right

  • Cutest Student Ever was the ONLY one who wrote a letter…and then I lost it
    • something about how GW is killing Korean farmers
  • liked game pretty well

My lack of willpower is well documented, as is my inability to be a pioneer of any sort, but I did try to fast today. I did. I almost made it to dinner, but then I ate a piece of Cadbury Soft English Toffee Chocolate. Just one. I didn’t do anything today because of the aforementioned lack of willpower, as well as the fact that my pangs of hunger convinced me (pretty persuasively) that I just couldn’t work because I was, you know, starving. I am an embarrassment.

I had planned on skipping out of the first grade teachers’ dinner, even though it was (raw) fish, but then I decided that while I wasn’t supposed to have fun on Good Friday, teachers’ dinners that don’t involve English teachers exclusively actually aren’t that much fun, because I have no idea what’s going on and people try to force me to eat things I don’t want. I sat next to Co-Teacher B, who came this semester from Seoul and who (bless her heart) hates seafood, so I didn’t have a bad time, but I don’t think it qualified as entertainment.

It’s been a strange enough experience having to explain this day to everyone, especially as a person not particularly given to proselytizing, and breaking it down into three-word Korean sentences makes me realize exactly how surreal it must sound. Today: Cathedral Holiday. I don’t eat meat. I don’t eat. Later, eating okay. I eat fish. Go out no. It all sounds as arbitrary as, I don’t know, making your bridegroom do pushups.

But not having anyone to talk to at dinner gave me time to reflect on this season and my favorite telling of it: Sufjan Stevens’ “The Transfiguration.” My love for Stevens (and especially his album Seven Swans) is old news, but I think this song strikes me most simply because all it is is a retelling of a very old story – there are no fancy lyrical metaphors, and as a person who is constantly trying to dress everything up, I am impressed by his ability to tell a story in a straightforward manner and make it so universally appealing. In other words, Seven Swans is a quiet, intimate work, wholly concerned with Stevens’ relationship with God. We’re all lucky he didn’t fall into the standard Christian Musician trap of emotional over-wroughtness. He relies on the story (and some sweet banjos) to carry us.

When he took the three disciples to the mountainside to pray
His countenance was modified, his clothing was aflame
Two men appeared; Moses and Elijah came
They were at his side
The prophecy, the legislation spoke of whenever he would die

Then there came a word
Of what he should accomplish on the day
Then Peter spoke, to make of them a tabernacle place
A cloud appeared in glory as an accolade
They fell on the ground
A voice arrived, the voice of God
The face of God, covered in a cloud

What he said to them
The voice of God: the most beloved son
Consider what he says to you, consider what’s to come
The prophecy was put to death
Was put to death, and so will the Son
And keep your word, disguise the vision till the time has come

Lost in the cloud, a voice: Have no fear! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Turn your ear!
Lost in the cloud, a voice: Lamb of God! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Son of God!


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