26th February 2006
Big Noses and Moral Lessons
My nose attracts lots of comments. From the simple ("You've got a big nose") to the complementary ("I like your nose").
I also try and use it to teach some moral lessons to the kids at school. The kids will often tease other kids here about really nasty things.
They do the usual Too-Many-Pimples / Too-Fat / Too-White / Too-Black / Too-Just-About-Anything type stuff as well.
I usually try and say something like: "Yeah, Willhelm does have a lot of pimples and I have a big nose. Isn't it cool that God made us all a little different and we're not all the same?"
Febe Grace, one of my pupils, gets a lot of stick for the large mole under her nose. If she was in New Zealand, I'm sure most parents would pay to have it removed. Febe Grace also lives in one of the aforementioned Nepia Huts, so there is no way her parents would ever be able to afford to have it removed.
There are people around with much worse facial deformities than Febe Grace. The lady living next to me has a huge growth on the top of her nose. She is (not surprisingly) very shy and I hardly know her. There is a guy around town who does not have a nose. I also saw a lady in town whose face looked as if it was melting. I should count myself lucky that my oddest feature is my nose.
I try and be polite and reply to them as any decent person would do. The replies turn into conversations and all of a sudden I'm a "text-mate". I then get the inevitable question: "Do you have a girlfriend?", which just start getting awkward. I tell them that I am not interested in any girlfriend, be her Filipino or New Zealander or African. They then seem to get offended as if I have been leading them on.
My polite replies somehow turn into offence. At least I spotted the pattern now and can stop it before it starts to get awkward.
One lady has been trying to convert me as well via text. She said that while I am doing good work here, I will still spend all eternity in hell. Harsh. Fire and brimstone evangelism is just cool! Doesn't really gel with the flirting though...
2005 and 2006 Malcolm Trevena.