That's not me. That's not Natalie. We talk too much. We make jokes and comments, we have something to say about EVERYTHING, and we annoy those around us.
All through school, as far back as I can remember, I was told that I talk too much. My grades were good, but "she talks too much, and is distracting in class." Every quarter of every semester of every year. I talked too much. In high school, I had a teacher say, in front of the class, "Your voice is SO annoying." That was harsh.
Now, my little mini-me, Natalie, is facing the same thing. She talks in class enough that her teacher is now assuming it's her when it's not. If someone talks in the same corner of the room that she's in, she gets called out. Doesn't matter if it's her or not. I can't blame the guy. Heck, if he was a betting man, those would be good odds.
I need to tell her to shut her mouth a bit, but the kid's on the A Honor Roll. Consistently. How much should I "punish" her? So she has to walk a lap now and then. So what? Her grades aren't suffering. She's had her punishment. Why should I jump in?
I know that some local teachers read this. I'd LOVE their input. Should I spank her and send her to bed, because she got called out for talking?
The final word that I gave Natalie is this: I faced the same thing, and I now get paid to talk. I found an employer who agreed to pay me a salary to talk to people on the phone all day. Wait! It gets even better! I have new duties at work, and my business card says "Social Networking Coordinator!"
I wish I could upload my business card here, but it's not on this computer. I'm just saying that we're NOT bad people.
We just talk too much.