Things That Grow

A beautiful post from a teacher brave enough to share her students’ stories. Someday I hope to have the courage to follow in her footsteps.

New to the Orleans

A kid had a wadded up piece of newsprint in his pocket today that he was showing other students. It was a photo of his brother that was printed in the Times Picayune with “Second Degree Murder” under it. Brother is being tried for murder. The kid who was showing the photo has been in jail recently for 5 months. Two days before he got out, brother was arrested. And yes, it’s constantly on his mind.

A girl told me today her family lived in 6 places after Katrina before coming back to New Orleans. When they lived in Texas, her little brother burned down an apartment complex they lived in. He was flicking a lighter under the bed and poof, the mattress caught fire. Her mom grabbed the baby “by the Pamper” off the burning bed and they fled.

Another kid shared the line, “Money is a pacifier,” from…

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3 thoughts on “Things That Grow

  1. kingmidget says:

    Thank you for sharing this.
    There is so much here that jumps out. This is the first line that spoke to me in a profound way … He’s 18, in 10th grade, and excited to be a dad.
    As near as I can tell, there are something like 72 things wrong with that sentence. OK, not 72, but still. And the rest of the post just gets worse.
    And conservatives among us expect these children to grow up to be like them. Mind-boggling.

  2. kingmidget says:

    Just need to add … this is one of those things that hurts. Cuts to the core. But has to be said. And read.

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Yes, I don’t think many people realize what the lives of many young people in our country are really like. I certainly didn’t until I started teaching. It’s heart-wrenching, but also awe-inspiring that so many survive.

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