Friday, January 15, 2010

Misguided Youth

First of all, I just wanted to say thanks for all of the great comments on yesterday's post! You have convinced me that I am not as crazy as I thought...OR we are all equally crazy...since lots of you take pregnancy tests religiously as well. :)

Anyway, on to today's fun...

Every once in awhile, I spend time over at our teen learning center - kind of an alternative school where kids go when they are expelled/suspended/super duper behind on credits. They take some classes online, and then some students do another class that works on study skills, mood management, drugs/alcohol, etc. There is an internship component to this class, and sometimes the teacher has to go off to visit the kids during their internships while those NOT in internships remain at the center. That's when I head over and hang out with them until their teacher comes back.

I know I have talked before about how much I like my job...and every day, something funny/interesting/wacky happens to reinforce how much fun I have at work. I spent some time with a couple of kids over there yesterday, and the conversations were AMAZING. Below are some of the highlights...names have been changed to protect the innocent. :)

Ashley: "Did y'all know that chocolate turns guys on?"
Me: "Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's an old wives' tale."
Michael: "Cherry pie turns girls on."
Ashley: "Whiskey turns me on!"

Ashley: "That girl looks just like my mom - but my mom has no teeth!"

Michael: "If they just legalize drugs, there wouldn't be any crime or murders in this country, I swear."
Me: "You think so?"
Michael: "I KNOW so. Because think about it, how many murders are drug-related? Like almost all of them!"
Me: "So you don't think that anyone would do anything stupid if they could just go to the pharmacy and buy drugs?"
Michael: "Exactly."
Me: "So when you get fucked up, you don't do anything stupid?"
Michael: "....."
Me: "Exactly."

Ashley: "I'm just over 4 weeks pregnant. I gave up everything but drinking."

Me: "So, why are y'all over here at the teen learning center?"
Ashley: "I got expelled for pulling a knife on this bitch. I NEVER go to school without a knife in my purse."
Michael: "You know, drugs really aren't bad for you."
Me: "Well actually, they really are. All illegal drugs are bad for you in some way."
Michael: "Pot isn't!"
Me: "Umm yes, it is. It kills brain cells."
Michael: "Well, coke really isn't bad for you."
Me: "Umm yes, it is. Coke is really bad for you."
Michael: "Well, not really. It's only bad for your heart."
Me: "Well that's a pretty big part of you, don't you think?"

Good times. Eventually they got bored with talking to me and that was that. Who says being a social worker isn't any fun??!


Becky said...

Oh geez! Happy Friday indeed!

Patience said...

OMG! How sad.

Brittany Ann said...

OK, we both take tons of prego tests, and we work with some of the same kids!

Isn't scary, but hilarious on occasion?

Although, that pregnant teen who gave up everything but drinking? YIKES!

Jenn said...

i am SO going to work with you when i come to indiana to visit. whether you want me there or not. i must meet these kids! :)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

this is really scary.... sometimes i wonder what on earth i'm thinking bringing a kid into this world?!

Just Anonymous Prep said...

Wow. I wouldn't even know how to respond to that.

Susannah said...

I'm sorry, but that is funny hearing it second hand! It sounds like a SNL skit.

Anonymous said...

Shaina: DARE extraordinare!

I love it, they make my kids sound like geniuses! I may miss teaching just for the Silly Students part of it!

bianca said...

How do you manage to keep a straight face through all of this?! I love when you provide highlights!

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Crazy Shenanigans said...

The pregnant girl and the drinking = ekkkk