Three students showed up for my English class today (note: this is not my ESL class, it’s my community college class, pre-ENG 111). One of my students looked up from her writing and said:
“Miss Martin, this is kinda off topic, but….wher yo’ man?”
Me: “….I’m sorry?”
“You so nice. You ain’t got a man?” (Wait…I’m nice?!)
“Um, (insert name of student here), being nice doesn’t mean I have to have a man.” (momentary pause). “How long have you been wondering about this?”
“Since the first week of class.”
Then I went on to enumerate all the reasons I should continue to be without a man. But I couldn’t help thinking: I’m glad my student was focused on my relationship status and not her pesky education.