The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf
eyeteeth

Meu caro Professor Freeman

Dr. Freeman wrote back mere hours after I finally worked up the nerve to ask him if his father realized how bad his poetry was. He is so nice to me! What's more, for the first time he signed his e-mail "Walter." Are we on a first-name basis now? What is happening?

"I'm going to keep calling him Dr. Freeman," I said to my parents, Professor and Mrs. Teeth, who had been appropriately impressed with this news. "He's fifty years older than I and I'm pestering him, it would be weird to call him by his first name."

"I think you should call him Walter," said my father. "When I write a letter to a student and sign it Sam, it means the student can call me Sam."

Yikes! "Walter"? "This guy Walter I know"? "You know, Walter, he's a professor at Berkeley"? That is going to take some getting used to. It seems so audacious.
Tags: takingmyselfseriously, teethfamily, the other walter freeman, whyamiflailing
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