Taking a shower this morning, I thought, for whatever reason, about Tony's fear of taking showers. His fear is irrational; it would seem, from my vantage point. But putting myself in Tony's shoes, of course the fear is rational -- unknown things should be cause for fear. Tony is also showing himself to a natural conservative (I read somewhere that children are natural conservatives wanting order and predictability) not wanting to change, what for him is an ideal setup: taking a warm bath. The other thought I have about this is how I can see what obvious irrationalities he has. Would a being or another looking on me or man see what irrational fears we have for rational reasons? For example, our fear of death. Are we really fearing a good thing as in the case of Tony who doesn't want to take a shower?
The CPCC Congress
Talking about it with the students last night, I was told the thing was boring and not many were watching it.
A Day without Tony
Thursday, I got up and went to work so early, and then arrived home so late, that I didn't see Tony awake. Now this occurrence is a good and bad thing. You don't interact with the guy, but sometimes the interactions are not so ideal. Also, Thursday evening, I wanted to see his reaction to some magazines I bought for him at Nanchang Market -- magazines about the Cars movie and the In the Night Garden T.V. show, and so I was very disappointed he was asleep. But when he is asleep, he is an angel; when he is awake, he is sometimes like the devil.
Friday morning, I take him to preschool -- bonding time there.
The bane of my teaching existence is the self-appointed class translator. They think they are helping their classmates but really they stop their classmates from being able to work out a word for themselves. If students don't know a word, there is often a way to explain it to them in English that they do know. Not willing to use this method, a student can be like someone trying to walk always being carried by someone else and wandering why they haven't improved their walking abilities.