Last month I turned fifty, and I am not ashamed of that. I am happy that I am where I am, and I just remind myself that the Bible says my gray hairs are a crown of wisdom --although my gray doesn’t look like a crown, it looks more like a skunk stripe down the middle of my head. But, my age can be a hindrance at times. For example. . . .
This past summer I attended Teacher’s Week at Faithbuilders, which is a wonderful way to get motivated and inspired, and to get lots of new ideas from other teachers as well. When I filled out my preregistration form, one of the classes that I marked to attend was “Intermediate Excel”.
“Oh, how wonderful,” I thought, “I can learn how to help those intermediate middle-school aged children want to excel more. You know, the elementary grades are always pretty well motivated, as are the high schoolers, but those intermediate students, well, I really want to help them excel.”
Then I got some more information closer to the date of the event and read that I was supposed to have a laptop computer for the “Intermediate Excel” class. “Oh, wow,” I thought this time. “We are going to help these intermediate students learn how to excel by doing some computer stuff. Now that should really help them want to excel.”
So I went to Goodwill Computers and bought a used Mac lap top.
I lugged that heavy thing (it is an older Mac) through the airport and security checks and all over the place. It was a pain.
Then at the orientation session they said something about everyone who signed up for Intermediate Excel having Windows, and then I realized my misunderstanding. Silly me, this wasn’t a class to help intermediate students excel, this was a class for Excel - the computer program or application or whatever you call it.
This is why people like me have Macs. I had to laugh at myself, which is a very good thing to do when you are a teacher and you mess up and do something stupid like this actually in front of other people.