What do you do with been-there-done-that honor students who are taking freshman comp? Dr. Savidge decided to pile them in the back of his truck for an object lesson at the local Dairy Queen.
At Dairy Queen, the students were each served a medium dipped cone. As the students began to enjoy their cones, Dr. Savidge took a knife and cut a large hole in the bottom of his cone. He then went on to explain:
“These are no normal cones: they have been dipped. You are much like these cones, but, rather than being dipped in chocolate, the Lord Himself dipped you in TALENT. To enjoy the cones, you, the consumer, take one lick at a time. Much like the cones, people will appreciate you, not one lick at a time, but one essay at a time, one story at a time, one term paper at a time. You will be successful as long as you don’t do what I did, purpose to cut a hole in your cone. And how might a student purpose to minimize the talents the Lord has given? Not turn in assignments, not come to class, or not try his best.”
At the end of class, the students were each given a t-shirt with his or her name and a small image of a dipped cone embroidered on the sleeve. Dr. Savidge told the students, “As you wear the shirts, if someone asks about the cone image on the sleeve, just tell them, ‘I’ve been dipped!’”