Saturday, September 27, 2008

Made From 100% Recycled Awesome!

I thought I'd finally get a video up of the ice cream garbage trucks. They come to pick up our trash everyday (except for Tuesdays) at 3pm. Even during typhoons, when we don't have school, you can still hear the melody of the dedicated garbage trucks. (My roommate Shannon wrote a blog about the recycling habits of our school and surrounding Taiwanese madness. It's pretty awesome. --> read here )

So my fellow Afternoon Kindergarten teacher/roommate Megan and I have decided Simon (mentioned in a previous blog) is the Taiwanese version of Calvin from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip (the absolute epitome of all comic strips). I mean, how can the same strip, which future historians will confirm used the word "booger" for the first time in a syndicated daily comic strip, also have taught me to correctly use the word "anthropomorphize?" It's pure brilliance.

I realize I may have an abnormal obsession with that comic strip, which defined most of my childhood. I can probably find a strip that can relate to any aspect of my life. For instance, curious about the link between Calvin and Taiwan?

Simon even has the same huge round head and hair that sticks straight up as Calvin does. It's so hard to get a picture of him that's not blurry, he usually doesn't stay still long enough for me to get a clear shot.

I have to admit, Afternoon Kindergarten has the cutest kids. The boys are so eager to impress us teachers, and their favorite phrase is, "so cool!" I've found myself using that phrase a lot recently...

This is Eve, Rex and Tom (-->). The kids always find it hilarious to hide under desks, or behind doors and try to scare the teachers. It's so stinkin' cute.

The girls are incredibly affectionate and will attack you with hugs. All the kids love to draw on the white board, for them, it's like a huge treat. The boys are currently obsessed with beetles (Rex can also draw an intense dinosaur, while Tom can draw a pretty detail satellite photo of any typhoon that's approaching Taiwan, including the predicted storm path), and the girls will always draw cute bunnies or themselves, with crowns on. lol. (Suri and Vivi in the photo) On Friday, we kinda just let the kids be kids. I really don't think they get to do that too much, since by the time we get them, they've usually already put in a full day's work at their regular Chinese school. What we teach is a cram school, so sometimes I just feel they're schooled out...One green sheet and 15 kids. A beautiful mess. ^_^


Dad said...

Who would have known. All those years in your closet den, reading Calvin and Hobbes by the light of a tiny lamp, that you were being prepared for Taiwan, and Taiwan's answer to Calvin....Simon! He does look like Calvin.

Brad and Hailey said...

The kids are so cute! You are doing such a great job! I love to read about all your kids ... so cute!

meaygghan said...

i love this post. your strip of calvin and hobbes to relate to simon is perfect!