In case you haven’t yet caught on, I teach 8th grade English in a very urban school. My kids say the craziest and most ridiculous things, and often times conversations become their own comedy show. My favorite is when they ask questions about me or something I’m wearing…

8th grade girl: “Ms. Powell, is that your birthstone?”
(pointing to my pearl earrings)
Me: “No, those are pearls. Pearls aren’t any kind of birthstone.”
8th grade girl: “But you be wearin’ them everyday, so I be thinkin’ it’s your birthstone.”
Me: “No honey, pearls aren’t a birthstone, they’re a Southern institution.”

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