“Why are you riding a city bus to school? That’s not right! Teachers shouldn’t be riding the bus!”
My seventh grade student, a very mature young man who had failed this grade at least twice, was indignant that his teacher was using public transportation.
“I appreciate your concern, Charles, but I’m just fine riding the bus. My husband needs the car during the day, and this works out for us.”
Two days later, Charles sat on my desk and leaned in confidentially:
“I’ve got a great lead on a sweet red convertible that you’d look really good driving.”