The next essay in the remedial class is a "snowflake essay" of sorts, about an influential, role-model-type person. I went over what types of people they might consider, and I generated a few on-the-spot examples of how I could set up those ideas in an essay if I were to write one myself. I mentioned, without specific details, my mother, a good friend, an inspiring professor, and, uh, someone else.
A couple of students were awed by my spur-of-the-moment composition, but then one student made this observation:
"You know some really interesting people. I don't know many people like that."