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A Stolen Future

Posted: June 1, 2011 in Articles
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I want you to ask yourself a question, can you remember a time when someone tried or stole your future? Better yet can you remember when someone stole someone else’s future? Well, let’s take a walk to a moment when I seen it happen right before my eyes. It was a normal work day. I got to work fifteen minutes earlier then my start time. I’m standing in the main corridor of the school, passing out “Hey, how you doing?” and “What’s up” to students and teachers. One would have thought I was a club promoter, on party night, passing out flyers. As I’m receiving my return greetings I notice out of the corner of my eye, a teacher speaking with a parent. Their conversation was loud enough for me to hear but not loud enough for the rest of the hallway to hear. The teacher is telling the parent about her child and is suggesting some ways to improve the child’s education. The teacher says “Well, he’s good in class and tries his best, but I think he can do a little more. Sometimes he quits before he really tries to complete an assignment. I think before he drops in his grade production we can stop it before it happens. If you can put him in a tutoring program, it could correct some of these errors greatly.” The parent stares at the teacher with a look that can only be described as “What!” Before the parent speaks she looked at her child and then brings eyes back to the teacher. When she did this it felt like she ran in a booth and put on a mask and cope. What she said next put more shock in me than being stuck by lighting. “So what you saying is don’t help my child? You trying to tell me I don’t do enough?” The parent says with a fire to her voice. “I do everything I can for my son and I know for a fact he tries the best he can.” The teacher replies, “I didn’t say that your child…” The parent interrupts the teacher and continues her rant, “I don’t need no teacher or anybody else for that matter telling me what I don’t do for my son. Thank you, and let’s go boy.” The parent walks away and the teacher is left standing there with a silent confused look. The teacher turns her head and we make eye contact. When our eyes interlock, they communicate exactly what we were both thinking without an utter of a word. I shake my head and the teacher walks back to her class. While I’m standing there I ask myself a question. If my life didn’t pan out how I envisioned it, would I try to take my child’s future instead? Raising children is a hard but yet delicate act to do in life. There are so many moments that can and will determine how a child’s life will turn out. Some moments will be simple and others more complicated. But the job of a parent is to try to raise a child into the best adult possible. Parents should satisfy any type of hunger a child has for a better future. Their goals should always be in the best interest of their children. This particular parent was worst than a thief because material possessions can always be replaced. But stealing someone’s future is a crime that is hard to recover from. It is something that can snowball effect into a bigger issue. I don’t know if the parent was aware of what she was doing. I don’t know if this moment she created stems from her own insecurities. But I do know, for whatever reason, it was wrong. She commented a crime that I hope she, one day learns from. If she doesn’t, she can be the main reason why her son’s future gets derailed. So if you’re ever in a position such as this one, keep in mind how fragile this moment can be. You can be the difference between a promising future and a stolen one. And let’s be honest, who wants to be known as a thief.

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