Being 51 is FABULOUS!!

First off all, I would like to give proper thanks to my wonderful friend Margaret for nominating me as the next writer on this blog and for the wonderful short bio she wrote introducing me to the world of viehebdomadaires.  Also, I would like to thank Varun for allowing me to be a contributor to his blog.  I really like the idea behind this blog, so let’s hope I can do it some justice for the week I’m responsible….

Here goes nothing….

I guess I’ll start off with a bit more about myself…  Like my bio said, I am currently living and working in South Korea as an ESL teacher.  I work at a private academy, or hagwon, here and teach students between the ages of 10-15, so basically elementary and middle school aged students.  I have been doing this for about 9 months and I will be finished with my first contract at the end of November.

I have been thinking about what to post on this blog all week once Margie (as she’s affectionately known to me and my friends) asked me if I’d like to be her successor.   To be quite honest, I’m still not completely sure what I want to write about and it’s kind of making me a bit nervous and nauseous!  I have a reputation to live up to, you know?  Just kidding, but seriously, I don’t know what to write about.

I’ve had a million ideas running through my head all week, but I think I’ll just decide to go with what’s on my mind, as odd as it may be, at the moment. Right now, that topic is R-E-S-P-E-C-T…..  So, you’re about to find out what it means to me!  Wow… I never really thought I could/would work an Aretha Franklin reference into a post, but apparently there’s a time and place for everything!

This has been something that’s been on my mind for a while lately.  Maybe because I’m a teacher, or maybe because I’m a 26 year old grandpa, I’m not sure which one.  However, I do know that there is a lack of respect in this world.  Honestly, I used to this was strictly an American problem, but being here in the ROK I have noticed that it’s definitely a global issue.

I know I’m not that much older than my students, but I think that my generation was a lot more polite and respectful to the people older than us and especially to those in position of “power.”  Whether is was our teachers, coaches, principals, grandparents or parents, we respected them and did as they said with minimal complaining.  I mean, I still do my fair share of complaining to my mom during our much too sporadic Skype conversations,  but I always know that if I was there with her it would only take one of her looks, or a frying pan upside the head, to make me stop.  I guess maybe kids nowadays don’t get those looks, or the frying pans upside the head. That’s why I think there is a serious lack of respect now.

Well, I think I’m done preaching for tonight, hopefully my next post will be a little more action-packed!