Oh my gosh, is that Modern Bride magazine you’ve got there?
This? Eh, just a little something I picked up at the local quickie mart.
It’s pretty telling. Got a secret to share?
No, not really…I’m kinda bummed, actually.
Well, I’m just so tired.
Oh, I know how that is. I’m worn out, now that school’s back in session.
You think you have it bad? Try having my job for a day — you’d never be able to handle it!
Yes, but I teach middle school students.
Yea, so what?
So, I teach WRITING to middle school students.
Yes, it’s tough, but I love it.
You like teaching middle schoolers?
Absolutely! It’s a great age, they’re a real hoot.
What’s so fun about hormone issues, bodily odor emissions, growth spurts, acne, sneezing into their hands and wiping it on the desks, blah, blah, blah?
Oh, I can handle all that, I’m a mom. What I love about this age is their enthusiasm — or watching their enthusiasm grow. These kids really can put the pencil to the paper, if I let them.
Wow, you’re actually getting them to enjoy school?
Of course, that’s my job. I’d be a miserable failure otherwise.
You do realize, of course, that I have had a sizable amount of help with teaching them to become better writers.
Oh? Do you work with another teacher in the same classroom?
No, silly! YOU.
Me? What’d I do?
You have no idea? Honestly?
No. Give me a clue.
Ha, ha, ha!!!
What’s so darn funny?
Notice how the tables have turned! Wasn’t it just a couple weeks ago that I was completely clueless about your job?
Well, well, well, I guess my muse isn’t as insightful as I thought she was.
Oh my goodness! My Muse is SPEECHLESS! Mark the calendars! Alert the press!
Actually, no. I was thinking about something else.
Lemme guess: shiny objects and sporks, huh?
How’d you know?
Come on, muse! Haven’t we already covered this? You’re so easy to read, you’re transparent.
What do you mean by that?
Transparent — able to see through. I know you know this.
Sorry, but you said “sporks”. I started to hear dolphin squeaks and whistles shortly after that.
Do I need to rewind this conversation then?
Just go back to the “spork” part — I’ll catch up from there.
What is it with you and sporks?
Don’t forget shiny objects.
Of course not.