6/06/2016

Implication

From the moment he took his seat in the classroom, the geeky guy in the third row gazed at me with rapt attention.  Moon eyes. That's what my mother would have labeled the look he was giving me. To be honest, it made me a little nervous. In my years as a trainer, my poetic words about financial software had never inspired that kind of reaction from a seminar participant. Normally, the challenge was keeping them awake.  At the break, he made his way up to the front of the room. Taking my hand, he introduced himself, and my first thought was, "Oh-oh." Grinning mischievously, he said, “You remind me of my wife.  She’s a teacher too.” Relieved, I smiled in acknowledgment.  And then he went on. “It must be the implied whip.”

intoxicating.
 irresisible power,
a whip flick away





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30 comments:

  1. Really, a true story. I would get flustered too. Don't know if I will be flattered with his ending words. Good to see you Patti.

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    1. Yes, completely true. And you know, I quite fancied the idea of the implied whip. Thanks for visiting, Grace.

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  2. Smiling at this one. Could definitely be a bit creepy.

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    1. But, hey, I got a good story out of the experience. Glad it gave you a smile, Victoria.

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  3. Laughing right out loud! Be still my little teacher heart :)

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  4. Yes, it could be a bit creepy and don't know that I would have let him take my hand. But still, teaching is every day, isn't it?

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    1. Yes, it was, for many years. I loved it, until I didn't.

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  5. The "implied whip". Wow, I never thought about that. In my day, mind you, people still did get The Strap, and we sure were obedient! LOL.

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    1. Sherry! It's so good to see you! Yes, I remember those days. But in my case it was a hair brush. Ouch!

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  6. Interesting story to say the least. Well written.

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  7. Well..surely an interesting class!

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    1. Yes. Things like that made it fun.

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  8. Ha! The way you presented this made me laugh. I hope it was mostly funny, and not as creepy as it could have gotten. ;) Aren't people funny?

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    1. It was funny. That guy made my day!

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  9. I agree--you presented this so well. "poetic words about financial software" made me lol

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  10. Ha.. It has been years ago since I taught - and I never had the whip... Only my poetic voice of quantum mechanics. Sounds like a good marriage for the guy.

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    1. The poetry of quantum mechanics sounds about as lyrical as that of financial software. I never actually had to use the whip. Implication was enough.

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  11. The implied whip...that made me laugh! And honestly, what could possibly be more poetic than words about financial software! :-)

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    1. Ha! That's not exactly what my trainees said, Bryan.

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  12. Life for women is so weird, we never know when to laugh or cry. I'm grateful the implied whip was just a joke.

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    1. It was a joke and he made me laugh. I wondered about his wife, and if she appreciated his sense of humor.

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  13. Well....I don't know if you meant it this way...and I'm not reading anyone else's comments here...but I literally laughed out loud at the end! Having been in the classroom, and on the administrative side of the desk too....you just never know what you'll hear. This is a real gem! :)

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    1. That's exactly the right reaction, Lillian!

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  14. Gayle Walters RoseJune 7, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Ha, I love this! That guy sure was bold to say that to you...too bad you didn't have a real whip to crack over his head, Patti!

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    1. My style in the classroom was always casual (including working shoeless!), so people were generally relaxed. I actually loved his comment.

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  15. It all depends on context, doesn't it? just make sure you keep hold of that whip!!

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    1. Not to worry. It's always handy. It doesn't take up much room, after all.

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