After a horrific fire broke out in Rome, Emperor Hadrian (117-138 CE) was faced with the monumental task of rebuilding the city. In the wake of the tragedy, he allegedly told his people, “Brick by brick, my fellow citizens, brick by brick.” He knew that with time and patience, the empire would be restored to … Continue reading Day 104–Brick by Brick
If you haven’t smiled or laughed or been grossed out or had a “Wait, what?” moment of surprise today, then maybe my latest conversation with Gabriella will help... While walking to the bathroom: Gabriella (with both arms tucked inside her sweatshirt): “Mr. Morrow, I’m hurting.” Me: “What do you mean, you’re hurting?” Gabriella (feeling around … Continue reading Day 50–Tissues Fix Issues
I have met few people who thrive on drama more than Gabriella. She is her own personal episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians or Jersey Shore. I honestly think that if she were stranded on a deserted island without any food or water, but still had drama, then she would somehow find a way … Continue reading Day 33–Gabriella’s Story
It wasn’t the first time that I had seen scars from where people had cut themselves. It was, however, the first time that I had seen cuts so fresh that the dried blood was barely a day old... Gabriella typically walks into class already mouthing off about why she doesn’t want to be at school … Continue reading Day 23–Deep Cuts, Deeper Wounds
Gabriella farted so loud today that I thought her jeans had ripped. It sounded like someone had taken the sound of a steamboat horn, a souped-up car muffler, a strangled weed eater, and Chewbacca’s wail, wadded them together, and shoved them out of Gabriella’s backside. I didn’t know she had it in her. Literally. At … Continue reading Day 14–Small Victories
At the start of every school year, students come into the classroom with new words in their vocabulary. Words that they act like they have always used but in reality they just heard in a rap song that hit the top of the charts last month. Words that apparently make students cool for saying them … Continue reading Day 3–Say What??
Thongs. That’s how my year started. A conversation about thongs. The only thing worse than hearing a student’s conversation about thongs is hearing a student’s conversation about the condition of said thongs. And their condition was bad... Nasty. Crusted. Worn out. It was Felicia, because it always is when it’s dealing with something sexual, and … Continue reading Day 1–Thongs