Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Runner


Orientation at the continuation high school. This is the first class that every student who enters the school takes. (So, going in I know that all the kiddos are newbies.)

As they filed in, I stood at the front of the room. It seemed to take forever before the bell rang, but I don't start class until it does. I looked out the door, and I noticed a boy running through the front gate. He was headed our way.

I've mentioned before that the campus is small. The students don't really need the full four minutes they get for passing. At this point, the grounds were mostly empty except for the boy, who vaulted over the railing in front of the classroom.

He darted into the classroom and slid into a seat.

"Five. Blocks. Six. Minutes."

He was out of breath.

And the bell still hadn't rung. He had made it on time. Apparently after leaving very late.

He told his fellow classmates that he had run the entire way.

He turned to me and asked if he could go and get a drink of water. Which, of course, I let him get. So, he darted out to get it.

While he was getting the water, the bell rang to start class. (I still counted him on time. After that, he deserved it.)

22 comments:

  1. Absolutely ... clever lad. Why he was behind the times is another thing ... but he knows responsibility to his own education - I'm sure he's one of your better students .. cheers Hilary

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  2. I too think I would have let him go and get a drink of water. Good effort on his part! Let's home the rest of the year is as successful for him!

    betty

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  3. How nice of you to let him get a drink. I agree with your decision. Oh, and Palaye Royale is going to come to Cincinnati after all. ~grin~ I didn't have to do a thing. On Twitter they announced plans to do an acoustic show here, though not which venue yet. Be well!

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    1. They heard you! I would think Cincinnati is a large enough metropolis to attract performers anyway.

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  4. Well, at least you know he's dedicated!

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  5. Yay for him trying his best to get there on time!

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  6. Sounds like a good kid. He at least tried to get there on time!

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  7. He sounds like a great kid.


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  8. After all, he worked hard not to be late! HAHA

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  9. Yes, he deserved to get that drink, and still be counted as "on time"

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  10. Well, we will know how he will be in later life....:) Why does he remind me of Ferris Bueller? :)

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    1. Except there were no parents he was trying to beat home ;)

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  11. I love Birgit's comment. I pictured Ferris as well!

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  12. Kudos! He'll be a good one, if he can maintain that enthusiasm for the entire school year. He well deserved that drink! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  13. Good decision. Maybe with positive reinforcement from the adults in his life he will continue to do his best. Then again, when I was in college and was late several times (driving an hour) and the teacher never seemed to notice or care, I stopped caring. Only later did I learn that a classmate was telling the teacher I was in the bathroom. (It was art class, so we were hanging out behind easels.) Of course, when I learned what had been going on, I felt absolutely awful. :-/ Hopefully the kid doesn't follow in my footsteps…

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    1. I had a class in college that I was always late to, but even though the teacher didn't seem to mind, I felt awful.

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