Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Hannah de Bergerac

While I'm reminiscing about incidents in Indonesia, I can finally tell this story. In the opening issue of the school's newsletter last year, which was sent out to all students, parents, and alumni on a quarterly basis, I was asked to write a short column introducing myself and my goals for the classroom, a simple "Hello From Miss Hannah." The teacher in charge of the newsletter wanted to include a picture of me, so we spent an afternoon taking portraits with her digital camera.

A week later, she came back to me and said that the printing quality of the newsletter wasn't good enough to include a photograph, and would I mind if they included a drawing instead? I said no, not at all, and the portraits taken earlier were duly dispatched to the school's drawing teacher, to be copied and included in the newsletter.

So this is how the school community, parents and all, were introduced to the foreigner in their midst:

Now, I know my nose isn't exactly small and dainty, but this? Really? Nobody else seemed to think this caricature should inspire doubt about the drawing abilities of the school's art teacher, so I can't help but think that's how they really saw me. With that in mind, it's no wonder that Indonesians were constantly commenting on my tall nose: I was practically Pinocchio, in their eyes. On the plus side, now paintings like this one of Commodore Perry make a lot more sense.

(PS: The typos in the newsletter are their fault, not mine. But that's okay; they're just following Rule #2.)

10 comments:

Seagulljaap said...

Hannah-

One word: awesome.

KrumperKids said...

I'm so glad you waited to share that story today, because I needed one of your fantastic Indonesian tales to make me laugh.

Petra said...

Of course, this all rests on the (perhaps mistaken) assumption that my nose isn't that long. I scrutinized my nose in some pictures, and I'm pretty sure it's not, but anyone can feel free to correct me.

The Joo said...

Ha, that's awesome. If it makes you feel better, I didn't realize that drawing was supposed to be of you until after I read the blog. But then us Americans are more used to big noses:).

mysh said...

I believe Jesus said it best: "Blessed are the big noses."

He also thought highly of cheese-makers and, by some accounts, makers of all dairy products in general.

Amber said...

I feel inspired to draw up some caricatures of ridiculously small-nosed Indonesians. Take that!

Booker Bean said...

Oh man, imagine my most hardy and obnoxious laughter... times ten.

Some of the Genetic Material for the Nose said...

While the nose is an unrecognizable exageration, I think they caught something accurate about your mouth and smile.

By the way, are you reveling in the Radio Head internet fest? Did you download the new album? What did you pay for it?

Lizzie said...

Well, at least you retain..your panache.

steve said...

did you ever see the portrait one of Hillary's students painted of her? If not, I need to e-mail you a picture of it.