(As students enter the room, Mike notices two shopping bags sitting on a desk.)
Mike: Miss, what’s in the bags?
Me: Dunno. Ms. Smith just dropped them off, so I thought it would be rude and disrespectful to look through them.
Mike: I know. That’s what I thought. But you know how some of these kids are; they might see those bags and just be rude and disrespectful anyway. So I was just thinking to myself what to say to them in the event someone decided to be rude and disrespecful. I would hate to have to face a huge conundrum, especially first thing in the morning.
Me (distracted): Um, glad you're thinking, Mike. . . . uh, wait. What? I'm sorry, Mike. Conundrum?
Mike (sighing heavily): You know, Miss. A huge controversy or problem or issue. You know, if I had to teach someone not to be rude and disrespectful. Especially first thing in the morning.
Me: Wow, Mike. Conundrum? Wow.
Mike: What, Miss? You don’t like my vocabulary?
Me: Um, no, I do. I really do. It’s very . . . what’s the word?
Me: Yes. That, too.