This English teacher/computer geek who writes poetry in her free time is starting to like football. Put a small-town gal from the corn fields of America in the streets of Europe, and strange things happen.
Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year's winners.
Ja, which means "tiger" in this Asian country, sits on her windowsill in all her feline glory. She tries to kill mosquitos, and worms that crawl out of the houseplants, and ants, and gekkos that scamper across the ceilings and walls. Her purr is as loud as the generator next door, and she holds her own against Rumi when they tumble across the floor in play-fight. She's still small enough to hold in my one hand, and light as a feather. But don't let her small size fool ya. She's a feisty feline, and cute as a button.
"Because Dancing Shoes considers us VIP indeed, he grabbed my arm, marched me through the cameras on tripods, magazine photographers, and representatives from Revlon, and sat us down in the seats as if we were The Queens of Y. One minute later, the first model was coming onto the stage. I looked over at him, and felt like Carrie Bradshaw sitting with Samantha Jones.
Only this ain’t no Manhattan, and this ain’t no “Sex and the City.”
A two hour drive out of Y. you will find one of this country’s best kept secrets: the 40-square-mile wetlands filled with water chestnuts, eels, lotus flowers, lily pads, snakes, reeds, water buffalo, and many species of wing-ed creatures such as dragonflies, mosquitoes, moths, and feathered birds of many colors. Add to this scene a group of fun-loving, outdoorsy folk willing to wear wigs while dining under the crescent moon, plus coolers (or, as the Aussies call them, “Eskys”) full of good eats, and you’re bound to have a great time.