I’ve read that people who had many servants, or in ancient Rome had slaves, considered them of so little import that they would say or do anything in front of them.
I understand this mindset.
If I sit very quietly and fade behind my desk, my students will say pretty much anything within my hearing.
Yesterday two girls were in my room and one was relating her less than satisfactory relationship to her friend in excruciating detail. I wanted to yell ” HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU” but I knew that like deer, any loud noise would startle them and they would run.
Sometimes though, I want them to run and they just won’t. Like when two shared the fact that their favorite couple activity was to pop the zits on their boyfriend/girlfriend’s back.
Pause to absorb this information. Not even the three letter S word. What ever happened to dinner and a movie?
And then the little tidbit that one girl’s boyfriend picks her nose. You know how when parents mention physical affection and the kids put their fingers in their ears and start screaming LALALALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU! That was me.
Results on the conversation about whether they would date or marry a porn star- coming soon.