Just before class
Audrey (excitedly): Miss Huth! I went to that college open house Sunday and loved it. And I got in!
Me: Congratulations! That's so great! So they had an instant admit thing?
Audrey: Yes. I was so happy there. The campus felt like home.
Me: That's great. I'm so proud of you! So did you get to . . .
Dolores (interrupting, to others): We're going to have college at Miss Huth's house next year.
Me: (distracted): Um, what??
Dolores: We're having college at your house next fall. We do graduate in four months, you know.
Audrey: O goodness.
Me: Exactly. Audrey, I think you're better off at Maria College.
Jessica: Dolores! Honestly. What are you going to study?
Dolores: English, of course!
Me: Hmm. I thought you wanted to study business?
Dolores: That's for later.
Me: So let me get this straight. I'm just going to quit teaching here and open a college in my house?
Me: Oy. Let me think about this . . . okay. Then tuition will be a million dollars.
Audrey: That's a little steep for me. Can I pay you a bit at a time?
Katherine: I thought you were already set for college?
Audrey: Oh yeah!
Me: So you're not expecting room and board as well, are you? I mean, I don't have a lot of beds or anything.
Dolores: Well, we got to eat and sleep, right? We'll just do like we do in the City. You know.
Katherine: You know. But I'm not sleeping on my coat!
Dolores: Naw. It's Miss Huth's house. We'll pull the cushions off the couch and sleep on those.
Me: Um, we do that in this city, too, by the way.
Dolores: Oh. Anyway, and you can cook for us, but I'll do the cleaning.
Me: Hmm. Cleaning. Okay. That sounds good. But tuition is still a million.
Audrey: You'd better get a loan, Dolores!