Friday, November 06, 2009

Friends

One of my classes comprises a lot of sweet but not particularly academic 16/17/18-year-olds and a couple of wise guys plus their acolytes. There's also a slightly plump, hen-toed boy. He has a haircut that looks as if his mum has put a saucepan on his head and hacked away vaguely with her nail scissors; rather old-fashioned glasses; and a lisp.

You probably had someone a bit like this in your class at school. We did, though she was a girl.

The other day he was walking in the college grounds with a friend who was randomly set upon by some youths (not our students). My student bravely tried to help and as a result his glasses were broken and he's now sporting a black eye and a bruised cheek.

Which is terrible, of course. But a welcome side-effect is that he's now seen as rather a hero by the rest of the class, even by the smart-alecs. And the college has paid for some new, cool specs.

And no, we didn't fasten the cats together by their collars.

15 comments:

Zhoen said...

Always good when the apparent goat turns into the swan.


(Yes, I know swans are large, strong birds, not to be messed with.)

Thimbleanna said...

Gosh, what a story. Good for your student, for being so brave. And funny thing -- those look like the cats I posted on my blog just before Halloween! ;-)

Molly said...

Hurray for him. He'd be my hero for standing up to bullies.....

Meggie said...

I hate the superficiality of youth that judges by the cover, not the contents. Glad the Hero won out, & cool new specs have to be a bonus!

Meggie said...

Oh ...the Hen feet? Don't all the best models have those? Ever noticed the pidgeon toes?

Loth said...

How cool of your college to get him his glasses - the kind of story you like to hear and hear too rarely.

Warty Mammal said...

It's awfully decent of the college to have replaced his glasses. He sounds like a decent sort himself.

Rachel said...

What a lovely story :)

Rosemary Riveter said...

Brave lad.

meghs said...

A decent young bloke (and brave) to help his friend out. Do you think it will give him more confidence in other areas?

Your cats are gorgeous - we have two beautiful grey boys who also love to twist around each other until you can't see which is which.they provide lots of entertainment as I'm sure yours do.

Yummers! said...

What a wonderful mental image you've put in my head of the haircut!! Sweet story!!

Hi Kitties!! I remember when you were itty bitty!

PB said...

I hate to put a dampener on things, but do please be very careful about posting about people you work with. It has got me into massive trouble...

Gina E. said...

That is a heartening (??) story. Well, you'll know what I mean. Melbourne has been experiencing a lot of senseless violence in recent times. We need more good Samaritans, but sadly, they get bashed (or shot) for their efforts. What's wrong with the world anyway?

see you there! said...

Sorry to hear the young man has bruises but I'm sure he is feeling good about himself and that's important. That and new cool glasses.

Darla

jkhenson said...

What a brave and helpful boy! So happy there are still people like that in the world. Need more stories such as that... and the cats are cute "stuck" together! :))