My third year students are studying an essay about Chris Moon
out of their textbook at the moment. It's a very inspirational story about how he lost a leg and hand to a land mine when he was on duty in Cambodia, got a prosthetic, and went on to run in marathons to raise money for landmine removal. (Apparently a land mine costs $3 to make and up to $1000 to remove once it's been set. Ugh.)
Today Mr. Onodera was going through explaining some of the idioms in the Chris Moon essay on the blackboard. He got to the sentence, "He felt no pain, but when he looked down, his leg was gone." And, as he explained "--- was gone", several of the kids in my class started to giggle; and one of the girls in the right-hand row exclaimed, "Edowaado!"Edward.
I looked over at her, startled, and she grinned and elaborated (while Onodera-sensei looked on, clearly puzzled), "Hagane no Renkinjutsushi!"
I started to crack up, and made a comment about how it was too bad Chris Moon couldn't get automail, which stunned my kiddies in turn because they hadn't expected me to know what they were talking about. Then, since I had a free moment after class, I doodled a quick sketch on the back of my lesson sheet of the moment where lil' Edward looks down and realizes his leg is gone, and another one of Winry repairing his automail for good measure. They were received with cries of jubilation and amusement, and disbelief that a teacher is cool enough to read an Arakawa manga.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have come full circle. Now, where's my chalk?