...happened yesterday, when I was giving my students some biographical information on Toni Morrison before they begin reading Beloved.
"Didn't she win the Nobel Prize?" one of my students piped up.
"Yes, she did," I affirmed. "And the Pulitzer."
"The Nobel? Hey, isn't that what Soandso's dad won?" another student chimed in.
"Who?" I inquired.
"Oh, some kid who used to go to school here."
Sometimes, the world in which I teach is not necessarily the world in which I live.