I’ve been stuck with a fever for the last few days. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s something you expect when you work this closely with little kids. The worst is actually when I get home and relax. The fever really hits me at around 9PM and knocks me out. I’d like to be bedridden, but I have to work. Luckily, I won’t be tutoring tomorrow and I’ll have a weekend to get my strength up again. Hopefully by Monday things will be better.
I find it hard to sleep when I have a fever. It’s never restful. Thankfully I was able to get a lot of rest last night. Right now, I’m typing from under a duvet and starting a good sweat. I’m drinking lots of fluids and using Ibuprofen to keep the fever down.
Tim was looking pretty happy today. He kept saying
I like you…
Replace the three little dots with my name. He’s a really good kid, but he sometimes spaces out and doesn’t pay attention. He’s a bit of a clown and likes to make other kids laugh, which doesn’t sit well with his Taiwanese teacher.
Cindy’s left cheek sported a blue green and yellow bruise.
I arrived in advance of my usual Wednesday afternoon class to get organized.
I started getting the kids ready for their spelling quiz when I saw Cindy’s face. First I didn’t understand what was wrong with her. When she came to the white board to write one of the spelling words I asked her what happened to her face.
Cover of the original UK version of this book.
I’ve been thinking about two books this week and I thought I would share these. The first novel is Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I’ve been thinking about reading it again. It’s most appropriate considering the strange forms of abuse that I have been seeing, both on television in Kid Nation and in real life in my classrooms.
The child exploitation show on CBS continues. This time the kids are surprised that there will be an election. Even more surprising is the fact that Greg from the blue district doesn’t want to run. He probably has seen that more power can be wielded from behind the scenes, or he just doesn’t want to be in charge. People who are in charge get blamed for a lot of things.
That is Tim. He is five years old.
Today I saw Tim again. It’s almost been a week since I last saw him because of Double 10 Day (雙十節) in Taiwan. They say that Double 10 Day is the birthday of their country. A few really minor countries have recognized Taiwan a country. Taiwan has not been part of the UN since 1971.
The new CBS show continues to exploit some children. This time, they make sure to include a controversial topic like religion. As if it isn’t enough already living in the middle of nowhere, with no adults really in sight, the producers decide that kids should tackle the question of religion.