A recent conversation with my sixteen-year-old son made me realize, once again, how often the efforts of high school English teachers go unrewarded.
Me: Hey, did anyone at your school dress up for Halloween this year?
Shaggy Hair: Lots of kids did. And some of the teachers.
Me: Any good costumes?
Shaggy Hair: They were lame.
Shaggy Hair: Ms. English Teacher dressed as Hester Prynne.
Me: Oh, that's clever. Since you all had to read The Scarlet Letter over the summer.
Shaggy Hair: Kids didn't really get it.
Me: What did she wear?
Shaggy Hair: An old-fashioned dress and the letter A pinned to her chest.
Me: Well, that should have been a dead give-away.
Shaggy Hair: Not really. Kids were saying, "Why does Ms. English Teacher have a letter pinned to her chest? Is she supposed to be some kind of superhero?"