The other girl piped in as well, "I live with my grandma too. My mom has eight kids with six different men and I'm just not that important to her."
What do you say to that? These are great kids who make all the right decisions when their circumstances could dictate that they fall through the cracks and fail. But these two kids are both on the honor roll, both involved in school activities, both non-drinkers, both engaging young ladies. So that's what I said to them. I basically just said, "Good job on that." But then I thought about them all night yesterday and today and I am so incredibly proud of these two students. I love my job working with these so many of these incredible young people.
Sins of the Daughter: Lust IV by Shanna Germain
This is a great essay. It talks about a young 16 or 17 year old girl who has a list with 4 names of boys on it with the annotation, "Daniel is the best I've ever had!!!!!" Her father finds the list and tells her to not be a slut. There is a twist to the list which I won't reveal. I enjoyed this essay because it completely reminded me of a friend I had in junior high school. She had a list of names and with numbers next to them. The numbers represented different acts (small kiss, making out, and so on up to ultimate) and she had something like 40 guys and 10 possible numbers. She gave me a copy of the list (Yes, I was on it with all the numbers except seven and ten) and I left the list in my pants pocket where it was discovered by my father. We had a long, humiliating talk. This essay took me right back there.
Essay: 9 of 10
Germain's writing is excellent. She can turn a phrase beautifully and her language is gorgeous. Each word is just about perfect and when I read this essay, I can see the author laboring over the piece, except if flows as if it's a first draft. She makes writing look easy. The story she tells is fascinating to me and not just because of my friend's list. It's an essay about self and about truth. Definitely a great read.
Teachability: Not sure
I think it really depends on the teacher's comfort and the class. There's a strong current of a young woman's sexuality and that's something that is scary in a classroom.