It is strange how an off-hand comment can take on a life of its own. What means nothing really to you may end up inspiring someone else. For example my off-hand comment to a student has become his mantra, motto, and future clothing line.
A couple of weeks ago my students were working on their essays in class. A couple of boys, Jesse and Marty, know my weakness as a teacher is that I’m easily distracted and lured me into a conversation about their favorite dog breeds. Jesse favors the Pomeranian and we launched into a discussion about cute, fluffy dogs. Marty favors big dogs (“real dogs”), and so we yarned about those, too. Realizing that I had been complicit in their being off-task, I stated that I had a favorite breed, too.
“What is it?” they asked.
“The diligent essay-writing breed. I like those the most.”
They smiled at me and tried to deflect my meaning, “We’ve never heard of such a breed.”
“It’s a new breed.”
They continued to pretend like they had no clue what I was talking about.
“Be the new breed.” I warned.
Marty’s eyes lit up, “That’s it! That’s going to be the name of my new line! The New Breed! And ‘be the new breed’ will be my motto!”
I thought it was a passing fancy until the next day I saw that he had practiced different designs of his new label. Everything with him now is “the new breed”. He even wrote a poem about what it stands for:
If this is the meaning behind the new breed, then I say, breed on!