I've mentioned before that I teach the business curriculum at a massage school. Classes are generally small, and very mixed in age. Students range in age from right out of high school to 40's or even 50's, and everything in between.
With those ages, dynamics can be interesting. Personalities can be interesting. In my current class I have a 19 year old who is... sweet, but sometimes naive... and sometimes just a plain idiot.
Take this week for instance. As we were sitting around a table discussing an assignment, she sat to my left. We only had half of the overhead florescent lights on, as they can be a bit industrial. I tell you this because I want you to consider shadows, friends.
Student: "Oh no! What did you do to your eye?"
Me: "Nothing, why?"
Student, talking louder and more animated: "You have a black eye!"
Me: "I really didn't do anything to my eye. I do have hereditary dark circles under my eyes. I probably rubbed my makeup off. I'm sure that's all it is." It was an evening class, I was tired and it was late! I tried to return to the assignment.
Student, speaking louder still: "It's REALLY dark. It totally looks like a black eye!"
Good Lord, child, do you not have any sense? Okay, I am not some sort of freak. Yes I have dark circles, but it's really not THAT bad.
Seriously, I think that somewhere around the time I said "hereditary dark circles", she would have SHUT HER MOUTH. But nooooo, she sat there with her fresh youth, staring at my eye (that wasn't that bad! It was shadows and smeared makeup, dammit!) I'm glad I don't have a big wart on my chin.
Maybe she'll grow a filter with age. Or maybe not.