Today my kiddos (ok... they are really not that much younger than me but for some reason, I still like to call them kiddos--but never to there face... that would likely be a disaster! Anyway....) were making chicken nuggets. It turned all right. The kids followed the recipe pretty well but unfortunately the recipe was not the greatest. (It was the one my mentor teacher used.) I don't think I am going to jump right up and make them.
Anyway, one of the guys in my class comes up and asks why I didn't buy fresh chicken. "Um... well because I don't know how to buy fresh chicken," was the best response I could come up with. He was SHOCKED! He then wanted to know if I had ever eaten a fresh chicken (meaning never been frozen and not from a supermarket). I thought this answer was obvious but he clearly didn't think so. No. If I don't know where to buy it from, how could I have eaten it??? This student was so puzzled that I had never experienced any of that. I grew up in a city... a big city! We bought all of our food from the store. I have never killed or defeathered or skinned or etc any meat--ever (yes even on Trek... I didn't have to do this).
We were both intrigued by the other's lifestyle. He wears cowboy boots and work jeans everyday. He gets up early and helps with farm chores. I wear church shoes and teacher pants. I stay up late and write lesson plans everyday. We have completely different lifestyles. But it is SO interesting for me to learn so much from watching my "country" students.
It was also an eye opener moment for me when I learned what the "FFA" class stood for--Future Farmers of America. In the class, they raise their own pigs and then sell them for people to buy (and eat). They learn how to give farm animals shots and etc. I had never even heard of such a class. I am learning so much about culture and lifestyle and fashion while teaching at my high school.