Linda who was a very nice young lady and excellent student arrived for class one day looking very upset. I asked her what was wrong and she told me that she was in a great deal of trouble at home and that her parents had told her before school that morning that she was grounded for two weeks.
I asked what had happened, she said that she had hit her younger brother in the head with a two-pound can of coffee on the way home from the grocery store last night. The results of which had temporarily knocked him out, given him a big black eye and lead to a trip to the emergency room.
Taken somewhat aback because she was a fairly passive, very controlled and well-mannered student in class and hitting someone with can of Folgers was not something I would have expected. I asked why she had hit her brother with the can of coffee? And she answered that if I ever had him in my class I would understand.
I did and she was right!
©2011 Richard Safris