Can you guess what it means?
She's always doing things for the teacher; she's such a brown noser!
Mr. Roberts just gave Karl an extra treat; it must be because Karl's got a brown nose.
You stayed after school to help Mrs. Dubante with an extra credit project? Geez, you're such a brown noser.
"Teacher's Pet" is a mild term that can compare, but truly it doesn't have to be only with teachers. It can be with anyone to whom you are perceived as "kissing ass". The more disgusting explanation of the term is ... you're kissing so much ass you've got a brown nose. Yeah... gross... but as kids we say things like that and don't really think deeply into the meaning. It's just a term.
Except, this particular term followed me around for far too long. So, in exploration of Scrapbooking from the Inside Out's topic of Independence last month, I did a layout following this challenge:
Uniqueness and individuality: What makes you unique? Are you proud of what makes you different, or is it a source of shame for you? Were you ever teased or mocked because of something that makes you 'different'? Did those experiences make you more stronger and more independent or proud of your uniqueness? Is there such a thing as weird?
Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence. Ambrose Bierce
The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought. Emma Goldman
Please create a LO about what makes you different, and whether you've embraced it. Does it make you stronger to be 'weird' in some way?
For the design twist, use a childish, teasing title...'loser', 'COW-fman', 'bird legs...'; whatever made you cringe!
Well, I was often called a Brown Nose or Brown Noser (among many other "names"), mostly because I was intelligent and placed in elevated courses. Thus, many of my classmates believed I was weird... a teacher's pet, or a butt kisser. Well, I'm freeing myself from that... becoming independent of that ... here's my layout:
One of my sisters gave me the plaque pictured at the top of the layout and it hangs in my kitchen to this day. I am not weird. I am gifted. So, to all of you out there who ever called me a brown noser... suck it up! :)
What names have you been called that you have broken free from in your lifetime?
Layout created using Inside Out's July 2011 Independence Kit.