Yesterday was my first day back in a classroom in almost 20 years. It is hard to believe it has been that long and I am that old. The desks got smaller, seriously. I can’t imagine that my butt has spread that much!
I’m in the beginning stages of getting into the Paralegal program at our local Community College. Coincidentally, my husbands ex-wife is in the same program, in the same school. No, it’s not weird at all. *snort* The good thing is, I won’t have to look for a job. She will. Mwahaha…er…so sorry.
As it turns out, we are both taking Business Law 1 this semester. She goes Wednesday mornings. I go in the evening.
This…is where this story gets kind of hilarious.
I was early for my evening class by an hour. I wanted to beat rush hour but apparently, I gave myself WAY too much time. I wandered around, grateful that this particular campus was predominately indoors. It’s freaking cold out.
I found a nice little loveseat to sit my tushie and book bag down in. I plopped down, and decided to check out the action. I got bored. People watching wasn’t that much fun there.
Suddenly, my husbands ex calls me. We chat on the phone often. Actually, I’m lucky that we have a good relationship. I know I’ve mentioned that before.
We were talking a little bit about being adults who are back in college and how fun it is. We were discussing the 20-something male eye-candy. Yes, there are some hotties so I have to keep reminding myself that I’m old enough to be their mother. The sad thing is, some of these kids were born the year I graduated high school. Being back in school makes me feel young but reality hits when I find out the years these kids were born. Sigh.
Then, the subject of our Business Law class came up. She had already been to the class that morning. She mentioned that she hoped I didn’t have the same professor she had. The name she told me didn’t sound familiar so I assumed I had a different one.
She started telling me that her professor was such a dick. He was so mean and condescending. She thought he was just horrible and terrible and awful. And the class itself was freaking hard and so much work. She was overwhelmed. But she couldn’t STAND her Business Law teacher.
She told me that after class, she approached him and said, “You are a really mean man, aren’t you?”
He replied that yes, indeed he is. I don’t remember what she mentioned that she said after that. It doesn’t really matter, it has no consequence to the rest of the story.
Turns out, I have the same professor. I didn’t know that he was until he started telling the class about this woman who was around 45 or 46 that was sitting in the EXACT seat that I was sitting, from his morning Business Law class (how weird is THAT?). He laughed as he repeated the same story that my husbands ex-wife told me. He added small details like; she skulked and scurried out of the room after her confrontation and that a 46 year old women who is scared of her teacher should go back to the playground from whence she came.
I was trying so hard not to laugh at the coincidence yet I felt bad for her at the same time.
To me, he reminded me of my Dad. From his white hair and the way he was dressed all the way to his dry, intense, sarcastic, silly personality. I found him to be 100% opposite of her description. I liked him. He was entertaining. So, I thought during break, I’d tell him about the connection I have to the story he told. I had a feeling that it would amuse him.
I was right. He let out a belly laugh. This had never happened before, he said. He had never had the “current” and the “former” enrolled in the same course, ever.
He also thought it was humorous that two completely different types of women could have attracted the same man. Which is something that never fails to amaze me, too. But I’m sure that most second wives wonder how their husbands could have EVER been attracted to their former wives.
Then, class went on. It is going to be a difficult class. He is definitely a tough teacher. But he is not scary, mean, intimidating, and whatever else she thought he seemed.
I just really hope that he doesn’t hold my association with her against me. 😉