Remember when I took a picture of what I wore and posted it on my blog...twice? Yikes.
Buuuuut yet again, another successful cutie outfit day! Hooray! And I do have a good excuse for doing this weirdness. Trust me.
Good excuse #1: My outfit made me happy today.
Good excuse #2: Something very upsetting happened today and I needed a happy, positive focus.
What was so upsetting, you ask? An evaluation from one of my students last semester. Now, don't get me wrong. This isn't the first negative evaluation I've received. You can't please everyone and, no matter how hard I try, I've found that there's almost always that one student who will strongly dislike everything and anything I do. The large majority of students, however, really enjoy me as a teacher and reading through the evaluations is generally a validating and helpful experience. This time, however, I was very surprised with one student's responses. The comments were highly negative and verbally abusive. A far cry from constructive criticism, the student was insulting and demeaning. Out right hateful from start to finish.
Even though I knew it was totally absurd, I still kinda couldn't breathe for a little bit afterward. I had to lead a group in 10 minutes and so quickly said a bunch of little sincere prayers in my heart to untie the knots forming in my tummy. How could someone be so angry and mean? I know something that extreme isn't really about me at all but really stemming from the student's own personal issues and problems but still...it was very hurtful.
I feel fine about it now. Truly. I went back and re-read all the glowing, positive evaluations, vented to Chas, and then quoted some of the awful lines to sister Hailey and had a good laugh.
Times like these make you realize how much you really need some rockin' army green skinnies and killer layering combos to hold on to.