My Pedantic Teacher

A Ragtag Daily Word Prompt

Marionette Fob Watch – Melbourne, Australia - Atlas Obscura
Pocket Fob Watch

Mr Hainer, my grade 5 teacher, wore a thin black moustache and a vest with a pocket fob watch. He was fascinating. Mustachioed men in vests with pocket watches were not seen in my blue-collar world of farmers and construction workers.

Mr Hainer walked into the classroom with an air of superiority. I always felt small and insignificant in his presence. Unworthy of his attention I did my best to avoid interacting with him.

There was one instance when my friend and I wanted to know if we could work on a project together. We timidly approached his desk and asked for his approval.

With a haughty look he answered our question with a question.

“I don’t know what that means” I said.

” Well, if you don’t know what it means then I guess you can’t work together.” he said.

We didn’t know what to say so we walked away baffled. What does knowing the meaning of a word have to do with working together on a project?

I wish I could go back in time and say to him, “Mr Hainer, you’re so pedantic!”

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