Somewhere above the clouds
between Boston and DC
Glamour’s Cindi Leive asks:
“Some of the most successful women I interview
that they’re doing what they loved doing at seven years old.”
Seven year old Pauli was allowed to grade her mother’s Spanish quizzes
but only the multiple choice parts
and only if I held the pen carefully
and did not make my “x” too big.
Seven year old Pauli begged for chunky Steve Madden black slides
like her fashion-forward first grade teacher
and upon receiving them
“Miss Pettei shoes.”
On Saturday mornings seven year old Pauli
got out her whiteboard that her parents bought at Staples
with her very own whiteboard markers
and recreated the week’s lesson for an invisible class.
Even the discipline.
Seven year old Pauli made mock worksheets
for her most faithful audience
and taught lessons about concepts she didn’t quite understand.
Seven year old Pauli
would be so proud of me now.
Not only do I get to grade my own quizzes
(and the entire quiz to boot)
I get to hand them back
to real students.