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Naked? - I remember
this day very well, as it occurred in my very early years of teaching.
Being a Physical Education teacher, I have always been very popular with the
students. So, it always made me feel good when students would go out
of there way to say hi or give me five, etc. However, there was a day
where that celebrity status (in my eyes) led to an embarrassing moment.
It was early in the school year, so it was still warm outside. Since
most of my activities were outside during the warm weather, I would dress
appropriately; A nice comfortable collared shirt and a nice pair of shorts.
Anyway, it was time for our annual meet the teachers night. I look
forward to this night, because as I stated before, I was quite popular and
enjoyed the remarks from parents and students. What an ego booster:)
After our meeting and introductions, we would all go to our room and meet
the parents and students as they walked to the rooms. Oh, I was
walking on air as the students would rush their parents to meet me.
"Oh that's Mr. Gates, he's really fun" , "Phys Ed is so fun", etc.
However, it only took a second for me to be ushered back into reality when I
saw a girl dragging her parents down the hallway to meet me. I waited
anxiously to see what wonderful compliment I would hear. Mr.
Gates! she yelled! Oh this was certain to be an ego booster as she was
excited and yelling. However, what followed was the most
embarrassing comment that I had ever received. In the hall, in front
of everyone including her parents, this girl yells "Mr. Gates! Mr. Gates,
I've never seen you with your pants on"! Oh how fast did my face turn
red, and my celebrity size ego disappear. And me without a rock to
crawl under. Eventually, the laughter died down and my face returned
to near, normal color as the girl and I scrambled to explain that she meant
that she had not seen me in anything other than my shorts. Thank
goodness her parents, as well as other parents, had a good sense of humor
and got a good laugh at my expense.