So this post isn’t so much a recipe as it is me telling you that there isn’t going to be a recipe from me this week. It’s my fault, as I waited until I came back from a school trip to cook, photograph, and write my post. I didn’t know that I was going to return with a sinus infection and a desire to do nothing but take shots of cold medicine and then go to sleep.
Here is a photo of what is keeping me alive today:
So instead of a recipe, I’m going to share with you things I learned from taking, and being responsible for, 56 high schoolers across the country.
1. Teenagers have no social graces. They don’t know to not stand in clumps in the middle of the airport, or how to get out of peoples’ way. They see only themselves and their immediate surroundings.
2. You can tell teenagers that bed time is 10 pm, but they’re not going to go to bed at 10 pm. Fact.
3. Teenagers are awkward and hilarious. OK, I knew this one already, but this trip reinforced it. At one point a speech kid told me, “I totally want a doll version of you so I can pull a string on the back and you’ll say sassy things. It will be awesome!!” Well OK then.
4. Teenagers don’t know how to control the volume of their voices. To be fair, sometimes neither do I, but when I’m on an airplane, or on public transportation, I know how to comport myself. Teenagers, not so much.
5. Teenagers lose things, like wallets, after being in a new city for less than three hours. It’s OK, you deal with it and figure it out. Don’t mock them though, because that will lead to you leaving your wallet on the final plane ride home and will make your life pretty annoying for the next week, especially when you want to go buy beer and you can’t because you don’t have an ID to prove you’re not 16. Dammit.
6. Teenagers are more awesome than you think. Watching the kids perform is the best part of being involved in speech and debate. You have no idea what you’re in for until you watch them. Here are some example of speech performances at Nationals over the years: humorous interpretation, dramatic interp (from a girl who graduated from my school!), and duo interp. There aren’t debate videos to share, but that’s probably for the best. Debate is actually really interesting when you’re watching it (I swear, it is), but just watching videos of debate sounds pretty boring. Sorry, debate kids.
So that’s what I learned over the past week. I took today (Thursday) off to stay home and sleep. I’m also catching up on the DVR and reading a book I started in Boston. I’ll return next Friday with a real recipe.
Rating: The above items get a 5 out of 5 gold stars for making me feel like a real person again, and not a zombie snot factory.