Weird is as Weird Does.

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My daughter is 9.

This means she thinks everything and everybody is weird (I don’t call her the Evil Spawn for nothing).

Her mom is weird (especially when she dances).

I’m weird (anytime I speak to her).

I get the feeling as parents we are in for a long decade.

She says “weird” so much, I’ve found myself doing it.Now That is Weird.

I don’t even remember what we were talking about , but I said something was weird.

She responded with “Weird like when you see your teacher at a grocery store weird?  Or like when someone you’ve know starts wearing a cowboy hat weird?”

I must admit I had to take a moment and think about this one.

Both of them are pretty weird.

When you’re a kid there is nothing weirder than seeing your teacher in public.

In a student’s mind, their teacher is always supposed to remain in their natural habitat.

The classroom.

Seeing them in any other type of situation just doesn’t seem right.

I get this same type of reaction as an administrator.

Students find it odd when they see me outside of school.

It’s even weirder for them if I’m wearing jeans.

Evidently, they think I should never leave the office and I should wear a tie 24 hours a day (if it makes them feel any better… I feel like I never leave the office and I wear a tie 24 hours a day).

So I guess weird is just anything out of the ordinary.

But to answer my daughter’s question, I’m going to have to go with weird like when someone starts wearing a cowboy hat.

I don’t care who you are, that’s weird.

You can only wear a cowboy hat if you’ve always worn a cowboy hat.

If you haven’t worn one by the age of 8, you can never wear one (it’s the law… Google it).

It’s not a fashion accessory you can just jump into mid-life.

It’s so weird, the next time my daughter has a friend over I may be wearing a cowboy hat.

If she thinks I’m weird now, she hasn’t seen anything yet (maybe it’s her that’s in for a long decade).

My daughter’s weird comparison comes from one of her favorite shows Phineas and Ferb.  I’ve watched it a couple of times.  It’s weird.

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13 Responses to “Weird is as Weird Does.”

  1. Raeanne
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 2:30 pm

    OMG this is so funny! First off I have a 10 year old and we are increasingly becoming more and more weird in his eyes. As a teacher I have experienced this so many times. When students see you in public you feel like a celebrity, they act starstruck! But it is because of what you have said here, they just don’t think you actually exist outside the classroom. It even happens when I discuss my personal life or mention what I did over the weekend, they are like “you mean you have… a real life?” Thanks for this…it was a laugh. Oh and Phineas and Ferb is quite weird.

  2. Olwyn
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 4:10 pm

    Try living four blocks from school and on the same street as students you have taught or will teach! I see kids all the time. I even had one come knock on my door to give me a bouquet of buttercups! They don’t seem to find it weird but, then again, I teach grade 1. They are usually either super shy when they see me or super excited.

    As to the longest decade of your life…you are right about that. I have been told that my daughter “will come back to me” when she is 21. Sigh…only 7 more years to go!


  3. Tammy
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 4:27 pm

    The weird factor is also there the first time you see your awesome professor (whom I consider my mentor teacher and friend) for the first time in shorts and sandals. It was odd. Even though I’ve been around the block for a while, seeing your teacher in non-teacher attire is odd…. :D

  4. Alfred Thompson
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 6:31 pm

    Ah, I wear a cowboy hat. It is not wierd. It is practical. Keeps the sun off my head and protects my ears and the back of ny neck as well. And it is warm in the winter.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Alfred Thompson, I’m not anti-cowboy hat…. it’s the Evil Spawn… she’s Evil….

  5. Pam Franklin
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 6:50 pm

    Just wait. Weird will become lame. Then it will become gay. Then she will just roll her eyes and try not to be anywhere near you at any time. Then she will turn 19 and not be able to stay at her rented house in another town because she misses you too much. Sigh. Kids.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Pam Franklin, You should just right my next blog…

  6. Karen
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 11:52 pm

    I am retired and just went on a trip to Japan with my adult daughter. After you are weird you become decrepit and senile. They think you have ask permission to cross the street safely and that they have to remind you which side of the escalator to stand on (which is not an entirely bad idea in Tokyo but that’s another story). Anyway, I am now in Sydney, Australia. I have managed to get myself here, rent a car at the airport, drive to North Ryde listening to the gps speak with an Australian accent, find my hotel and to top it off locate all four Australian teachers that I taught here with over 30 years ago and have not spoken with since. Not bad for a decrepit,senile, old retired woman.

  7. Melanie
    on Aug 15th, 2010
    @ 7:03 am

    My husband started wearing a cowboy hat a few years ago at my encouragement. I think it is quite dashing. There’s nothing like a man in a cowboy hat to make a woman’s heart go “pitter-patter”. Which I’m sure your daughter would find not only weird, but gross. We are pregnant with our first child and I have soooo much to look forward to! lol

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Melanie, Go to the movies NOW… before it’s too late… and you have to watch every PIXAR movie known to man…

  8. Todd
    on Aug 16th, 2010
    @ 5:08 am

    I agree with everything except the comments about Phineas and Ferb, the absolute best cartoon currently being produced. I have no shame in admitting that I laugh a lot nearly every time I watch it. My 5 year old daughter will even choose to watch Phineas and Ferb sometimes when we are reading through the guide just because she knows I love it.

    The only thing I want to know is where in the world do they still have 104 days of summer vacation?

  9. Angie
    on Aug 17th, 2010
    @ 7:53 am

    At one time I lived in the district where I taught. On Halloween a student of mine rang my doorbell. When I answered, he looked at me, looked at the number on the house, and said, “You don’t live here.” I assured him that I did live there. He tried to convince me that I didn’t. I gave him candy and shut the door. I learned that it is best to live outside the district where you teach and to go to grocery stores where you have no chance of seeing students or their parents.

  10. Diane
    on Aug 17th, 2010
    @ 4:50 pm

    Two years ago my daughter was in fourth grade. I was her class mom and spent a lot of time with the teacher and the assistant teacher. The weird part? Being at a “pleasure party” at a friend’s house and seeing the assistant teacher walk in.

    P.S. I love Phineas and Ferb!

    P.P.S. Watching the Yankee game right now. It’s far from boring!

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