Thursday, April 17, 2014
small world, big problem
The girl in the blue shirt calls him bald. He's not bald so he calls her stupid.
We don't call people stupid, the teacher says.
No buts. You know better than to say that word.
Another mark beside his name.
One more and he goes to the office.
Nobody wants to go to the office.
Jamarcus and Willie tell him, Boy, don't let that girl beatchu. She ain't worth it.
It's unfair, he tells them as he puts himself in the corner.
Tears streaming down his face, he rubs the top of his head.
I'm not bald, he thinks.
Today I am grateful to know we all learn and experience tells us we can't take any of this personally.