It was 1980, I was 7 and in the 3rd grade. The intercom interrupted Ms. Hoback as she was snapping her fingers at the class.
She looked so much like "mama" off of Mama's Family, that I thought she ruined the sitcom for me. It wasn't until years later that I realized....it was an awful show all on its own.
Ms. Hoback would snap her fingers repeatedly in situations where most teachers would use words; "stop that", "be quiet", "sit down", "no stabbing with pencils". It drove me crazy. SHE drove me crazy.
So, I have no recollection of her teaching ability.
Actually, the only things I remember were her snapping, and the large mass of shellacked fat that sat on top of the radiator, under the push-out windows. It was disgusting to see, but I could not remove my daily stare.
The intercom announced the start of a new club. GLEE club.
I, not knowing myself after only 7 years, thought it sounded fun...
Let me list the reasons why I found GLEE club one of the worst decisions I made:
1. The teacher that started GLEE club was tiny, super happy, and a hugger that called everyone "sweetie pie".
2. GLEE club was singing. A choir. A singing choir that sang bad music.
3. We did concerts in front of people....in the mall....
4. 2 of the awful songs we learned have stuck with me for 33 years....
every. single. word.
"rainbow connection" (Kermit/Muppet Movie)
"these are a few of my favorite things"
Her favorite things annoy me. Bright copper kettles? Really?
Here are a few of MAZ favorite things:
sunrise and sunset
Light summer rain
Roaring fire on a cold night
Well worn pair of old jeans
Glass of bourbon and a good book
A sweet kiss that says "you are the one"
Tasty burger and perfect fries
Quick rush of adrenaline
Red. deep, dark
Old flannel shirt
Calming Cup of coffee
To name just a few.