Everyone around here is surprisingly interested in the fact that I was sick for a few days. At first it seemed like friendly concern, but it is something akin to morbid curiosity. The questions have evolved from, “Wirriam, how feel today?” to, “Wirriam , are you no eat because running to toilet?” Really? Seriously?
Mr. Kim gets a kick out of talking about my symptoms. I can’t help but laugh when he says “water SHOT” and pantomimes vomiting. I tried to teach him to say “throw up”, but he seems keen on “water SHOT“. The fact that I can’t help but laugh when he does it just eggs him on. He must have said it twenty times yesterday – at least once every time I walked into the office. “Oh, Wirriam, you are look tire. Are you water SHOT? HAHAHAHA!”
My vice principal managed, once again, to create a totally awkward situation and completely embarrass me in public. While I was walking to the bus with a group of my A-level students, a few of whom speak English fairly well, the vice principal drove up to us and rolled down his car window. Instead of calling me over to speak privately, we had the following conversation out loud in front of about ten students.
VP: Wirriam! Wirriam! Are you still many diarrheas?
Me: Is it important that we discuss this now?
* My look of shock should have been obvious to ANYONE, but he completely missed it and pushed on.
VP: I am worry for you. Mr. Kim say you are many diarrheas.
Me: ……..I’m late for the bus.
The vice principal drove away oblivious to the fact that, in fifteen short seconds, he made suicide seem reasonable. As soon as he was gone, the kids started laughing. I realized that the two who understood the exchange were explaining it to the rest. Though I doubt the conversation alone would have been particularly funny to the kids, I think they got a kick out of my reaction to the situation. I wanted to die.
If this school is teaching me anything, it’s that social awareness does NOT come naturally and there is no such thing as personal information here. That is a dangerous combination for an American who is easily embarrassed.
Until next time.