Conversations with 8th graders

Yesterday during my all boys 8th grade class, I told them that my birthday is next Monday. I jokingly asked them what they were going to get me as a gift. Some responses:

Student 1: A cake!
Student 2: Samgyeopsal!
Student 3: A nightclub!
Student 4 (Ha Na): MY LOVE!

Student 5 : No teacher, he is lying! He will not give you his love. He is playboy! He has 4 girlfriends!
Me: Ha Na, is that true? Do you have 4 girlfriends?
Ha Na: ………Maybe….?
The whole class erupts into laughter. End Scene.

Then, my last class was cancelled due to “club activities” (which I still don’t understand) . I walked past a classroom full of 8th grade girls dancing and singing, so I went inside to say hi.

Me: Hey! What are you doing?
Girl 1: This is pop song club. But today we are watching a movie!
Me: Oh really?! What movie are you watching?
Girl 2: A SEXY MOVIE!!!!!!!
*All of the girls start screaming SEXY MOVIE! SEXY MOVIE!*
Me: *blank confused face* ….A sexy movie?
Girl 1: Oh you know…sexy movie….. *squints her eyes a little bit and raises her eyebrow*
Girl 2: It’s a SEXY ZOMBIE MOVIE!!!!!
*all girls start screaming yet again, SEXY ZOMBIES! SEXY ZOMBIE MOVIE*
Girl 3: Sheryll teacher…you know!! Sexy movie! Girl! *holds up one hand* Boy! *holds up the other hand* TOGETHER! *starts furiously clapping her hands together*
Girl 2: YEAH! *starts clapping her hands together too* Boy and girl together, then zombie kills them! OH MY GOD!
Me: *trying really, really, REALLY hard not to laugh, but failing* ……I don’t even….what?! What is the name of the movie?
Girl 4: A …. A Cabin in the Woods?
Me: YOU ARE WATCHING A CABIN IN THE WOODS?! You’re too young to watch that!  It’s a 19 movie! (19 meaning Rated R)
Girl 2: My age is young, but my mind is OLD!

I couldn’t even keep a straight face anymore. It was at that moment that I erupted into one of those gut laughs, the sort of laugh that reaches deep down in your belly. After a few days of feeling less than terrific, it was a much needed burst of happiness.

I’m also still trying to figure out how in the world their teacher is showing A Cabin in the Woods at school. The world may never know.

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