Gail (gailmarie) wrote,

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Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song, and I'll try not to sing out of key...

So there's this kid in my US History class. I never really paid attention to him until a couple days ago, but once I did, he just sort of struck me. He's a senior, in a state mandated junior history class. He flunked out of it last year. Anyway, he's always late to class, and about twice a week, gets dean's slips for reasons unknown to me. It was yesterday, actually, when I first really saw him. He came into class quoting from the Disney movie Aladdin. The part in the beginning with the merchant trying to sell things...the dead sea tupperware, the thing that slices and dices, and even makes Julian fries! He was all into it, with the accent and everything. Then he stopped and said, "wait, I can't be on time for class", then left the room, and waited for a couple seconds for the bell to ring, then walked in. He was in such a cheerful mood, it made me laugh. I realized that my thoughts were extremely stereotypical. "Why would a guy who visits the deans office on bi-weekly occasions, and never comes to class on time, and failed out of US History quote from a Disney movie?" I admit that I thought it. I realize it was stupid of me. I try to go below the surface of people. Everyone has a story to tell, and it's not as simple as it may seem. To quote Plato, "Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."

For some reason, this guy, Alex, has stood out to me so much as to make me think about him at random hours of the night, and wonder if maybe he watched Aladdin with his little sister, or just likes cartoons. There's nothing wrong with that. I've been known to watch them a lot.

Looks can be deceiving.
Don't judge a book by it's cover.

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