You know what’s disheartening? Putting together a new resume and trying to find maybe three bullet points out of your previously long and rich descriptives that can possibly be tweaked to impress someone in your new field. Ouch.
However, I did have this experience with a third grader today. She was doing a Powerpoint (remember how everything I hated about my old job was symbolized by smarmy Powerpoint decks I had to put together? Yeah, now I teach little kids how to use PP. Hello, irony!) about polar bears and the question her slide was supposed to answer was, “what are some related animals to your animal?” Her answer (in all caps, but I won’t duplicate that) was:
Polar bears have mothers and fathers and kids and aunts and uncles and cousins who are related to them, just like people.
Then I had to break it to her gently that she had misunderstood the question. She insisted that’s what Wikipedia had said. Yeah. Someone hire me to have experiences like that every day. Please.
Title comes from another slide. In my head I pronounced it Ma’am-lay.