What’s that? Can’t do that here? Haha – yeah, ok.

As I sit in class at UTA — “a tobacco free campus” since August 1, 2011 — and see through the windows the puffs of cigarette smoke wafting up from the somewhat secluded area just below my classroom, or walk between the buildings in another even more secluded area now paved with cigarette butts, or watch the gentleman sitting smoking peacefully and right out in the open on a bench in front of the library, I chuckle to myself and am reminded once again how foolish people (or institutions) make themselves appear when they insist on mandating unenforceable rules. From parenting a toddler or teenager, right on up to . . . well, every other relationship you have with anyone – you are wise if you attempt only very rarely and when completely necessary to control what another human being does or does not do. Save that effort for something you have some tiny hope of actually being able to enforce, because once you have said, “You absolutely will not do XYZ,” — and especially when you brag that “No one does XYZ here,” because this is “An XYZ Free Zone” — then every time someone does XYZ, you are proven weak, out of touch, or just plain silly. Not only are people still doing what you do not want them to do, but now they are laughing at you while they do it and listening to you even less the next time you speak.

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About dahnajeen

I'm Donna Jean Hunter. My 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Patterson told me I was a great writer and would be an author when I grew up. She always had me read my stories to the class, and even took me around to the other classrooms to have me read to them. I'm pretty sure the other kids all hated me that year. I don't care though. I love Mrs. Patterson. Of course she did not know then about the Internet and blogging and how much of what people read would no longer be on paper when I grew up. I have had a few things published in a college literary journal, and once, for a few weeks--until it threatened to kill me with boredom and I quit--I actually received pay for working as a technical writer. But so far, I have not been able to say that I'm a writer in the sense that it is what I do for a living. I still sort of dream of that happening one day. But in the meantime, I teach high school English, and can't stop being a writer whether anyone reads it or not. I hope someone enjoys some of it.
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