Every time I'm faced with the daunting task of grading eleventy-gazillion student papers, I ask this question. WWMTD? has become more than a rhetorical refrain in my life.
Samuel Langhorne Clemons wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ~ just shy of 300 printed pages ~ over the course of eight years. By hand. As in, with a pen and paper, as in the photo, above.
I complain when I have a set of 60 student papers. Or 120, as is the case this weekend. But I'm headed to NYC on the Amtrak Monday morning, so I'll have ample time to get a lot of work done.
Or not. Like most folks, I'm an inveterate procrasinator, especially when faced with all that student work to correct.
WWMTD? Probably write wry comments in the margins of my cherubs' written work. Or toss them in the recycling bin. Whatever his choice, I'm confident it would be designed to make them both laugh ~ and cry. And he probably wouldn't get those papers back to them until next year, at the earliest.
I'm not quite there yet. I've made them laugh. I've made them cry. The simultaneous juxtaposition, I believe, would be amazing to behold.