Juliet without her Romeo

Well, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

“I. Like. Totally. Like. Did not want to come back. But. Like. I had to.”

These were the words out of one of my Korean fourth grader’s mouths today when she told the jaw-dropped class about her one-year stint in Canada and how. It’s like. Like. Soooooo much better than Korea. I like never did any homework. I played in the park. And what did I do for winter vacation? I like totally went to Mexico. Cancun. With like one of my best friends.

My class of normally rambunctious fourth graders were speechless. They had never seen anything like her.

They prodded Juliet…but. Like. Don’t even say Romeo and Juliet. That is like sooo annoying…..to continue.

“School. Not at school. What you do?” Asked one of my brighter Korean students, now embarrased at her incongruent speech.

“In my freetime?” Juliet responded with a roll of her eyes, oblivious to how hard the students were trying to not sound like idiots. “Like ohmygawd. I had sooo much time to do whatever I want. I go to the park. I never had much homework. I was like done with school at like 3 p.m. We don’t have all those academies in Canada.”

Silence. Jaws dropped farther to the desks. They had been let into the secret that their young lives just flat out suck.

“Heaven. It is heaven,” whispered another student.

“It is like so much better there. But I had to come back.”

I feel you girlfriend. That’s what I wanted to say. After a month of living the good life, a few half days of work, I. Like. Totally. Did. Not. Want. To. Come. Back.

And that is just a snapshot of my day back to the real world, a day full of “Shush! Helloooooo? Pay attention! Charlie. Sit down. Sit. Down. Do not draw on the desk. Did I say you could go yet? I don’t care if the bell rang!!”

Thank God I only have one more day of the Real World this week before another five-day vacation, thank you Lunar New Year.


  1. Summer says:

    I just want to tell you guys how much I love the stories and photos of China. I wish I could have been there with you. Except for the whole cold part and the throngs of people waiting for trains. It sounds like it was a wonderful adventure, though!


  2. Jessica says:

    I love your pictures! Seems like you had an amazing time. Looked cold, though!


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