Observations about The Flu

  1. Thanks to one of my Journalism students, who wrote an article about it, I am fully informed about the symptoms and remedies.  This is one of the great parts about being a teacher: you can get students to learn things for you.

  2. I had no idea how bad it really was until one day last week, when a record 60 students were absent.  Today it was down to around 42, still high for a school of 500.

  3. This makes it doubly insulting when parents keep their kids home from school and then send them to my house for piano lessons, thereby exposing me and the rest of my studio.  I had a freak-out moment when one of my students (a sensitive soul) went to the bathroom to recover from her tears of frustration.  I didn't think about it until later, but she was one of the ones who'd missed school that day.  I flew into a frenzy, disinfecting and laundering everything in sight and grumbling all the while.

  4. They aren't the only ones in denial. I constantly encounter adult who cough and hack their way through a greeting and then assure you, "Don't worry, I don't have the flu."  Since they are professionals, but not doctors, I fail to find much reassurance in their words!