I just got back from a meeting of ‘Democrats Abroad,’ which I can attend because I haven’t actually demexited yet, at least not formally, officially, partly because I’m living abroad and it would be complex, but that’s probably an excuse, I’m sure I could figure out how to do it if I were really in a hurry, but it’s not as if there’s anywhere to go, so that’s reason #2.
Anyway, I went because a friend was running for a position on the board, and he’s a die hard Berner and I wanted to support him.
It went about as I expected. People speaking in general, non-heated terms. Some good folks, I ‘m just not sure we’re all in the same party any more.
Made a kid cry today. That’s not good, but it was kind of unavoidable. He was sitting at the back of the room, totally not getting the lesson, while 5 or 6 of the louder kids in the class were shouting out the answers to everything, and arguing like mad whenever I awarded the point to someone else. Anyway, I decided I had to bring him in to the conversation, and I still think I was right to do it. I made him change seats so he was sitting in the thick of the action, knelt down to eye level, and pretty much forced him to speak one simple, coherent sentence in English – I believe it was something like’the tree is green.’ Anyway, the other kids, well-intentioned, I’m sure, were shouting advice at him, telling him what to say, and he was yelling at them to shut up, he took it as an insult that they were giving him the answer, and he didn’t get it that they were giving him the answer. I could see the tears welling up in his eyes, but I had to persist at that point.
I felt bad about it, but I hope he learned something. Not the sentence. The need to participate. I doubt very much that I helped him overcome his fear of English, which would have been nice, but that’s expecting a bit much. Basically, I’m just hoping I didn’t traumatize the poor kid for life.
Need to get new glasses. Frame is cracked. Tried gluing it together yesterday but today the lens just popped right out – in my pocket. Tomorrow.