Two of my students made me feel really old today. It was the end of class, right before lunch, and they were waiting for the bell to ring. I heard two of them having a conversation.*
STUDENT 1: Hey, you know that actor Mark Wahlberg?
STUDENT 2: Who?
STUDENT 1: The one from Invincible?
STUDENT 2: Aw yeah, him.
STUDENT 1: Did you know he used to rap?
STUDENT 2: What? Dude, no way.
I felt compelled to step into the conversation at this point.
ME: You guys are killing me. I remember when I was saying to people, ‘Can you believe that Marky Mark is going to try to act?
STUDENT 2: No way, he didn’t call himself that, did he?
I decided not to risk blowing their minds my introducing the concept of “The Funky Bunch.”
* Conversations are not transcribed verbatim. They are altered for length, to provide appropriate context, and to make them funnier whenever necessary. Frankly, all you can count on in these posts is that at some point, I had a conversation with somebody about some subject.