I was teaching “have/have got” and feeling a mix of boredom and excitation about the following idea:
What if I misplaced the answers in this exercise?
So I did. I misplaced some of the answers (and made up some) — as my student answered the right ones —, thinking of what would happen in those situations:
Susan likes to keep fit, so she has a baby everyday. (Would Susan be the woman history has expected me to be ever since Eve?)
We had a rest last week, it was great! We invited lots of people. (Perhaps I should do that. I hate when I meet people and they want to keep walking while talking.)
Excuse me. Can I have a chat at your newspaper, please? (Not only with newspapers. I’d have a chat with several books and magazines. I have chats with words themselves.)
I saw Ann in the supermarket yesterday. We stopped and had a look — around. (Contemplating the delusive creation that will one day fall.)
I don’t usually smoke, but I was feeling nervous so I had a good flight. (That one actually made a lot of sense.)
The remaining options were:
Have a cigarette (1)
Have a swim (2)
Have a shower (3)
Have a party (4)
Have a nice time (5)
I matched them with winding actions.
So, when the class ended,
A) I enjoyed — 5
B) Myself — 4
C) In the bath tube — 2/3
D) I took a long breath, relieved — 1
I didn’t even think about my former lover — maybe just a little
And I fell asleep, gracefully, not bored at all.
Written on 13th October 2021