Mr. Rooney, the math teacher, didn’t like math much, but he’d done so well in it in school, he just kept going with it. Ms. Martin, the girls’ gym teacher, had always wanted to be a ballerina, but she couldn’t dance.

When they found themselves at the same school, they quickly fell into a romantic relationship.

The path of true love sometimes has bumps, however, and it was with a sad heart that Mr. Rooney told Ms. Martin that the principal, Mrs. Williams, had asked him to leave. It seems that a new math teacher, Mr. Henson, had been given the job. It also seems that Mr. Henson was Mrs. Williams’ nephew.

“Can you imagine firing people so you can give their jobs to your relatives? That should be illegal,” Mr. Rooney complained to Ms. Martin over lunch. Ms. Martin took a bite of her sandwich, an egg salad on whole wheat, and nodded. The truth was, as long as her job was safe, she didn’t care.

In time, of course, they lost interest in each other, and Ms. Martin was left to live out her life alone. Such is life.

Remember: when you identify someone or something in two ways, separate the two identities with commas: Ellen, the waitress, brought coffee. Kevin’s favorite movie, a western, never came out on DVD.


1) When Scott a baseball fan met Cindy a football fan they decided to become soccer fans.

2) Martin’s favorite actor Josh Low was virtually unknown to everyone else.

3) Winston’s favorite dessert chocolate cream pie was never served at home.


1) Scott, a baseball fan, Cindy, a football fan.

2) actor, Josh Low,

3) dessert, chocolate cream pie,