At their last flag ceremony of the year, the 12th graders traditionally make fun of the teachers and administrators. Last year, I didn’t get made fun of, even though they definitely had some material they could have used if they wanted (they loved to imitate the way I pronounced certain words, said I was a nun, etc.) I’d heard I was on the list this year but wasn’t sure what to expect or if it would happen.
It happened. But actually, it was funny and not offensive at all. They sang this song that one group sings at the beginning of class (they clap and chant “Backpacks on the floor, cell phones in your pockets” because I always remind them). The girl who imitated me talked about mangoes and how awesome they are and who likes them?! and mangoes will be our example for the lesson today, and a couple other little things. The roommate, after hearing it, said, “They just made your class sound fun!” and another teacher commented that they way they portrayed me was the most respectful of any of the impersonations.
Then they spent the day hanging out, taking pictures, and eating. Not a bad last day of high school.