Chinderella – it’s an orthognathic fairytale, you see.

September 12, 2008

Back to work post surgery,

Filed under: Uncategorized — chinderella @ 10:23 am

The Year 9 will never miss the opportunity to make a racket, so as I walk in grinning from ear to ear, I get a standing ovation and shouts of yessss she’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

That’s cute; so much for the good old ‘don’t smile til Christmas‘ method of crowd control.

You look so different, miss! How come you’re so tan?

Miss, I love your shoes!

Your hair is nice!

This is my first proper lesson post-surgery, and I have another 3 after this one, all 55 minutes long. I’m a bit apprehensive; what if I run out of energy, what if I have forgotten to project my voice properly, what if my jaws get stuck? Funnily enough, teaching modern languages involves a lot of, well, talking, and exaggerated facial expressions.

Once they’ve settled down, I explain.

Year 9, you know how much I love you, right?


And I would never have left you at the end of term if it hadn’t been for a good reason, right?


Well, this is the reason why: I had jaw surgery, which was gruesome and bloody but worth it; and which is also why I look like this (points at own face.) I hope you still recognise me.  Do you recognise me?


Right. Phew. It also means that I’m not fully recovered yet, because it takes a long time, and that when I’m talking to you I feel like I have a hot potato in my mouth, and I can’t articulate so well, which is only going to be fun for you; so the first one that giggles gets a detention.

They giggle.

‘k, entonces, vamos a empezar, no?

They’re lovely, aren’t they.



  1. How sweet are they! What an awesome welcome they gave you … sounds like they missed you and are very pleased to have you back!

    Comment by Karen — September 14, 2008 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, my dear, it’s not fair to the people who can’t make themselves more beautiful, but the truth is, when people are staring at you now, they’re staring because you’re quite stunning.

    It might not be fair, but in a karmic sense, I do believe you’ve paid your dues. You know what I mean. And that’s what makes you beautiful on the INSIDE.

    Comment by Steph — September 15, 2008 @ 4:33 am | Reply

  3. Sounds like you got a bunch of cuties to teach this year. Buena suerte!

    Comment by Michelle — September 18, 2008 @ 1:11 am | Reply

  4. when I read your blog title, I knew it was going to be a good one. 🙂 I’m just starting my road to jaw surgery (there’ll be not one, but two fun dates with The Chainsaw for me) and need all the (virtual) encouragement I can get. I hope the kids treat you nicely, enjoy your new face!

    Comment by Iris — September 25, 2008 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  5. Congratulations! I’m glad things are going well – it is one of the things that I’m nervous about – going back to teaching.

    Comment by Stephanie — September 30, 2008 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

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