October 30, 2003

May 8th, 1981

Looking through my old stuff again.

English was always my favorite subject, but I always scored poorly in it. I was more interested in reading and writing what I wanted to, rather than reading and writing about what I was assigned to.

Here's the text of a paper I wrote senior year in High School.

Here I am in room E-109 on the 8th of May, 1981. 2nd Period. It is Friday, and 9:23 at this moment.

I am supposed to be writing a summary of the short story "Bella Flease Gave A Party" which I did not read. I did however read "Widow's Son" and "Miss Brill" for a quiz I missed yesterday for being absent. But I just discovered that there was no quiz given yesterday. Oh brother!

I've just been returned two older quizzes, and I got a "60" on each of them.

I suppose Mr. Varga thinks I am writing a summary right now. He just glanced at my paper from half-way across the room and seems to believe I really understand the story.

Well, I shall be graduating from this place in a little over a month from now. I could wait. I can't see the point in spending a fortune on the senior prom. How rediculous!

Well now I am at the bottom of the first page and Varga must think I'm brilliant. I can't wait 'til he sees me not hand this in. Maybe I'll hand it in anyway. Why not?

It is now 9:33 and ten minutes have passed since I began writing this nonsense. I should learn to budget my time more efficiently. I could have been reading the story in this time!
Silly me.


P.S. If I should hand this in, then don't judge me too harshly. I am young and inexperienced in the wasting of time (although, I must admit, I am good at it!).

The reason I kept this was because I actually did hand it in. I got it back the next Monday and Mr. Varga wrote:
And talent! Read the story tonight and I'll quiz you tomorrow.

I read and took the quiz (wrote the summary) and scored a 95. "Bella Flease Gave A Party" was one of the few stories I actually read that year, and that grade was one of my proudest moments.

I hope Mr. Varga is still teaching.

Posted by Tuning Spork at October 30, 2003 10:57 PM

Good story. Teachers like that are why I want to become one myself.

Posted by: Ted at October 31, 2003 08:42 AM
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