Friday, June 17, 2005

The Other Woman

The Other Woman


Jube has another woman. I'm really not any competition for her at all. She too is American (Korean-American, I believe), and goes by the name of Washburn X-40 pro. I've included a picture of her. She arrived about 3 weeks ago with my brother. I thought that the novelty would wear off after awhile, but Jube's enthusiasm shows no signs of slowing down. It's a good thing she's only a guitar!

The good news is: they actually finished whatever they were doing outside. The bad news is: they finished it at 8:30 this morning by driving a really noisy truck around over all the new pavement. Jube is just about finished teaching. He showed episodes of The Twilight Zone today in class, and then they played grammar games for awhile. He's off again for a "conseil de classe" (class counsel). This is something that really interests me, because in America we don't have any equivalent. I assumed it was parent-teacher conferences, but I was wrong. What happens is that all of the teachers get together to talk about a certain class. There are representatives from the students and from the parents who are present. They discuss things like whether a student should pass on to the next grade, whether he should receive commendations, whether she has been working with consistency in all of the courses. This wouldn't work in the US because, as high school and middle school students, we don't stay in the same class all day long. In France, they do. You are with the same 25 other kids all day long. Only for a few special courses do you get to change--for example, advanced language classes or music classes. Anyway, after his conseil de classe he will go to the eyedoctor.

Tomorrow there are 4 or 5 famous French singers who will be performing at the Place de la
Comédie--for free!! We invited Jube's younger brother to brave the crowds with us and then spend the night at our house. He's really excited. I just hope that it's not too suffocating! It's been very hot here lately with highs of 30 degrees Celcius (I just looked up the conversion, and it'sonly 86 Fahrenheit, but it still feels very hot!!!). Wish me luck!