Marty's Joke of the Day

Marty's Joke of the day is an internet column that I've written for more than 5 years.
I tell humorous stories about my "sweet wife" and raising our 4 young sons, named #1, #2, #3, and #4.
After 5 years of story telling, in August of 2005, doctors found a brain tumor in son #4.
Our focus here has changed little as we still try to find humor in our lives.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Parent-Teacher Conference and Acting Lessons

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Tonight was our first experience at parent-teacher conference for Jr. High. In the big double gym, they had all of the teachers, sorted alphabetically, seated at tables along the walls. You found your teacher, stood in line, and then got about 3 minutes to listen and ask questions.

My sweet wife was right guessing that his Utah studies teacher was a ‘first timer’. She certainly looked like a first year teacher. But, she remembered son #1 (unlike a few of the other teachers we spoke with.) Anyway, she said she was impressed with his work and chose him to be a group leader in doing some projects. Because he... could get the group going and stay on task. (She’s talking about Son #1 right?)

Anyway, after talking about his work, I asked her if there were any cute redheaded, brace-wearing girls in his group. (I left out the acne part). She smiled and said, “Oh, you mean Madelyn Wineburger. Yes, she’s in his group and is very cute. Your son and she work very well tighter, but she’s about a foot taller than he is.”

Isn’t everyone?

Anyway, I guess she didn’t have braces, so we’re not sure we’ve got the right one yet.

Some of the lines to speak with a teacher were pretty long. Son #1’s English and Language Arts teacher had a long line. This teacher had the lead of John Adams in the summer performance of “1776” at one of the largest theaters in town. So, to me he seemed, not really flamboyant, but a bit showy. When we finally got our turn to talk to him about son #1, he kept eyeing the line behind us. We got the information we needed and finished up. (Son #1 tested a grade or more above the national average and his grades are in the mid-90s). When we were done the teacher stood up and spoke in a booming ‘theatre’ voice to the line behind us and said, “Thank you ladies and gentlemen. That was just about the best and shortest conference I’ve had tonight. Don’t you think I deserve some applause?” A few clapped while I rolled my eyes and we left.

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