(As I'm walking in the hallway during a planning period)
Dean of Discipline: Hey, Huth? Can you come in here for a sec?
DoD: So Katherine tells me she stayed after school with you last week to serve a detention she owed me . . .
Katherine (interrupting): . . . Well, I stayed with Miss Huth to finish some work, but I didn't tell her it was also a detention for you.
Me: Oh. But yes, she did stay for about an hour and a half last week.
DoD: But Katherine, you think this should also serve as a detention even though we didn't know this was your plan?
Katherine: Um, yes, I guess.
DoD: How about this? You stay with Miss Huth one more time this week, and we'll call it even.
Katherine: But I don't need to stay with her now. I'm all caught up on my work.
Me (nodding in agreement): Yup. True. Although it's fine if you want to stay with me anyway. We're working on a portfolio project right now, so she's been doing a lot of writing. And she's doing really well.
Katherine: Oh my goodness! So much writing! It's been two weeks! I'm going to get that carpal tunnel syndrome if we don't stop soon!
DoD (laughing): You won't get that from writing or from typing if you use proper technique. You will, however, get it from this (pantomimes texting on a phone).
Katherine: Oh, I don't do that much.
Me (preparing to leave): That's good.
Katherine: After all (pauses for full effect) I'm a writer, not a texter.
Me: I like that. And you're right.