Tuesday, February 13, 2007


So my kid gets a three day suspension for getting into a kicking competition with another kid. I was pretty pissed, because I told Langston to cut out all hitting, and so he's paying the piper. After a meeting at the woodshed, he's been also electronically stripped. Now, it's back to good ole fashioned reading and drawing to keep one entertained. He's sad as a result.

I'm playing hardball. I told him that getting suspended is a failure, and we don't have failures in this family. I want him to remember this suspension as being the worst idea ever. And of course, as a young black boy, he should be much more afraid of what my reaction will be to bad behavior than anyone outside my house. If you don't, then you will have issues later.

Now, on to my writing. Working through my fiction copyedit, and hopefully I'll be done by tomorrow. I meet with my 434 teacher from last quarter about The Bestsellers. Met with my current 434 teacher Richard yesterday. That was really sad because he lost his mother yesterday. Richard is really one of those people who genuinely cares about his students, and wears his heart on his sleeve. So I felt really bad for him at this time.

Graduation is on June 15th. I think I'll have a party then and get drunk.


RageyOne said...

Good for you for taking that stance with your son. He needs to know early on that you mean business about his behavior in and out of school.

Happy writing!

Juan said...

Things have changed since I was a kid. They seem a lot more "zero tolerance" now.

I get that sentiment, but it is like mandatory-minimum sentencing... all the analysis is taken out of handing out the suspension, etc.

Sometimes a good analysis is required.

Let me know about that party. Congrats on graduating this year.