#274: Overheard

For an Easter gift my wife bought me an eraser that looks like a human ear. I brought it to school with me and I overheard the following conversation between two students: one student said to the other student, hey, I dare you. I was curious, so with my rubber eraser ear, I listened more closely. One kid was playing a game not unlike the game children play skipping down the cracked sidewalk trying not to break their mama’s back. This time, however, in a slightly more devious version, this kid was trying to throw something tiny into the garbage can from a distance of a few feet. If the student made the shot, a terrible fate would befall Donald Trump. If he missed the shot, a terrible fate would still befall Donald Trump. One kid said to the other, that’s not fair. That’s like saying, if I make the shot I win and if I miss the shot you lose. And the other kid said, your point?

Published by michaeljarmer

I'm a public high school English teacher, fiction writer, poet, and musician in Portland, Oregon

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