(As I collect "writer's notebooks" at the end of class and try to address questions from students having trouble completing their financial aid forms for college)
Me (to Adele): So you can estimate the tax information on the FAFSA until . . .
Audrey (looking up as I pass by): Have you ever toasted a pop tart?
Me: What? Yes.
Audrey: Do you want to try this? It's a hot fudge sundae pop tart.
Me (to Audrey): No. Thanks, though.
Me (to Adele): . . . until you have the real numbers.
Adele: So should I call the EOP office?
Samantha: What does your necklace mean?
Me (to Adele): Yes. Absolutely.
Me (to Samantha): It's supposed to be a Chinese character for "energy."
Me (to Grace): You're going to try to finish the TAP form tonight then?
Grace: Yes, but . . . .
Audrey: Everyone else has tried a piece. You may as well.
Me: No thanks.
Me (to Grace): But nothing. You need to just get this done!
Samantha: So do you think it really means that?
Me (to Samantha): The symbol? My theory is it means, "I'm an idiot for wearing this necklace in a language I don't understand."
Samantha (laughing): Could be!
Audrey: So how do you toast it?
Me: What? You put it on a lower setting. Especially if there's icing.
Jessica: Look at her! She's so cute, trying to answer everyone!
Me: Thanks, Jessica. Good to know.
Audrey: Well, I'm just going to eat this untoasted then. That's why it's called a "pop tart," because it's "to go."
Me (cocking head slightly): What?
Audrey (laughing): I know. That didn't make any sense, did it?
(Bell rings . . . )