Friday, October 10, 2008

Phuc

Time for a quick update:

First of all, before I forget: I have these three Vietnamese kids in one of my classes. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned them before, but every day I think to myself: I have got to tell people about these kids. Their first names: Quang, Hang, and Phuc (take a gander on how to say that name! I said it with a long U sound in the beginning, until someone told me everyone just calls him Philip. Go figure.)

Anyway, I know you’re not really supposed to have favorites when you’re a teacher or coach, but let’s face it: We do. Our favorites are the ones who work hard and do what’s right. Sometimes they are the funny ones. Anyway, “Philip” is one of my favorites. Honestly, I don’t understand about ½ of what he says, and I’m pretty sure that goes his way as well. However, we can communicate with gestures and facial expressions, and he is hilarious. Every time I give him a look that says, “Why are you not doing your work?” he looks back at me guiltily and says, “Sorry. Oh, I was just talking to her about this page. Sorry.” Or he just smirks and looks back at his work. I don’t really know how to explain what he does in a way that would help you picture him and how funny he is; I wish you all could meet him. Lately he has been making weird noises, then looking up to see if I laugh. That’s not really nice of him, because I’m supposed to make sure he is doing his work and not distracting others, and here I am laughing at his hilarity. Oh Phuc.

On a random note: It’s been a very busy week. Beginning with last Saturday (vb tourney out of town, then straight to a rockin’ wedding reception) we have been go-go-go. Sunday my sis-in-law, mom, and I threw my other sis-in-law a baby shower (it’s a girl, and she’s coming soon!), then Husband, Husband’s cousin and Husband’s cousin’s fiancĂ©e and I went for a nice bike ride and walk in the nature center. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday were volleyball games (2-1 on the week), Wednesday I took a long test for my graduate class, Thursday was Senior Night (which entails way more work than I expected) and Husband had about 5 different assignments to finish for Shepherd School, today is Husband’s birthday and we are leaving for BT right after work. Then we’ll come back to Springfun and I’ll head straight to volleyball practice to prepare for a tough game on Monday.

Also, thanks to all of you who gave me great ideas for books and movies. I think I asked for ideas a little prematurely, but when I get some time to kick back I’m going to begin at the top of the list and work my way down. Yes!

Lastly, happy day, wonderful Husband. You are incredible.