Wednesday, May 31, 2006

White Lies

I've been teaching English in Japan for something like 14 years now, for four different companies large, small and medium, and for myself. One of the things I've noticed consistently is that if anything goes wrong the foreign teacher takes the blame. Sometimes the foreign teacher really is to blame but just as often she is not. The all purpose excuse of Eikaiwa? "So sorry, your teacher got sick!"

One shimmering white butterfly lighting on your finger is charming. Two or three are enchanting. Hundreds and thousands are crushing.


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