I am always wary of getting gifts from students, particularly around finals time. So I was particularly concerned when S stopped me on the way out of class last week and said, "I have a gift to give to you. But I want to make sure that it won't affect my grade."
"OK," I said. "Why do you say that?"
"Well, this gift might affect it... negatively."
Wow, well, one should really be concerned about thsoe kind of gifts.
At the final exam today, S gave me a bag and a a box and said, "Merry Christmas. These are to be used together."
In the bag was a letterboxed VHS-version of Pearl Harbor, the wonderful Ben Affleck-Josh Hartnett love story that I stated on record in class as one of the biggest wastes of celluloid in recent history.
In the box -- were matches.
What a great gift!