Thursday, March 26, 2009

Insane lady?

We are finishing The Odyssey, and the kids are incredibly proud of themselves for finishing it, but most of all for "getting" it. Though they do think I'm a little nuts over the whole thing.

Yesterday we had schedule changes during second period, so there was some down time when over half the class was out of the room. The jocks wanted to hear about Young Epic's pitching, so we chatted about the baseball games over spring break, and I told them about the most recent game. I commented that it's frustrating now to have to depend on the typed, online play-by-play to keep up with games, but it wasn't too bad because last game Athene called and gave us instant play-by-play as Young E pitched.

One of the guys got a strange look on his face, stopped me and said, "You talked to ATHENE?" He exchanged a look with the guy next to him and continued, "On the PHONE?"

I could tell he was ready to leave the room and go fo help until I reminded him that Young Epic's girlfriend is named Athena. His relief was palpable...

2 comments:

SpoonerStreet said...

I don't get it. Am I being dense? What is the significance of "Athene"?

epic said...

"Athene" is the Greek goddess of wisdom, and she appears often in The Odyssey. The student was afraid that we have spent so much time reading The Odyssey that I believed I had been speaking on the phone with the Greek goddess...