This is the question that just about everyone greets me with. When I am at the grocery, when I talk to the neighbours, or when I come into contact with random strangers. Everyone asks, “How are you going?” The English major in me cringes a bit when I hear it. I don’t know if there’s really anything grammatically incorrect about it, but it’s just such a different way of asking someone how they are doing. It seems to be a cross between “How are things going for you?” and “How are you doing?”
Lately I’ve been teaching one day a week for a family who homeschools. I teach one of the daughters, she’s 13, and we meet for about an hour and a half to talk writing and composition. It’s a challenge to go from a classroom of 20 students to one student in a dining room, but it helps that she’s extremely bright and funny. I like writing out my lesson plans, coming up with homework, and spending that hour and a half with her each week. She does bust me when I spell things incorrectly (harbour not harbor, realise not realize), so she keeps me on my toes. I’m always proofreading my work to make sure that I’m using the Australian spelling of things.
The other day she and I watched a bit of the Sochi Olympics – the competitors were snowboarding – and we got to talking about snow. She has never seen snow and is dying to experience it. I told her that it can be pretty, but after a while it gets really old (and cold and a pain and annoying and frustrating). She doesn’t care; she wants to see snow. Unfortunately, if she wants to see snow up close and in person, she’s going to have to travel a bit, which is a challenge for a 13 year old.
Today it’s 80 degrees, sunny, and a bit humid because of the rain we had last night, and I’m starting a week of conferencing with my online students. So far, I’ve Facetimed two students and Facebook chatted one student. It’s been amusing because they all had a snow day today, and I’m sitting here in shorts and a tank top trying to stay cool.