Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Six Sentence Stories - Passion

My story written in just six sentences is linked to the blog hop, Six Sentence Stories - Passion, hosted by Denise of Girlie on the Edge's Blog. Thank you Denise for keeping this blog hop in blog-o-sphere all these years.


When the professor saw Xavier with his shoulders slumped, his hands supporting his head, he knew he was not prepared, again, and he wondered why he even showed up. 

He was aware that even getting there twice a week was difficult in normal circumstances for this young man but doing it now against all odds made him feel a deep admiration for him and caused him to question if he would have been as capable if he were 20 years younger and the tables were turned.  

The room was quiet except for the sound of the chairs scraping across the grey institutional tiled floor as students one by one placed their completed assignments in the basket on the desk at the front of the room, until at last Xavier was the only student left. 

The professor, a title jeeringly given to him by those who thought he was showing off in junior high when he used words that would have required them to use a dictionary, had almost succumbed to the taunting that had put him in a very dark place for a few years and had delayed him discovering what it was that was his real passion in life.

As Xavier slowly raised his head, and opened his eyes, the professor approached him and handed him a couple of business cards, one for him and one to give to his mom. "If you are interested, they may be able to help, like they once helped me, and there is no charge," said the professor.

20 comments:

  1. Well now, that's a promising future!

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  2. One, simple act of caring has the potential to change a person's life. Most of the time, we'll never know one way or the other. Teachers are in a unique position to be able to positively impact a student's life and even, in this case, a parent's. Provided, of course, they're observant and perceptive.

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    1. Some teachers are blessed to learn of some of the ways even a very simple action on their part has changed the course of a student’s life.

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  3. Very good Six.
    I would hazard that not a few of us out here in Readerville can identify with both.

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  4. A paying it forward six. I like this. Great job.

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  5. It's what's inside some teachers who extend themselves beyond their appointed duties.

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  6. There's more to this story! These stories? I like how this Six ended,though. With compassion and hope.

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    1. I would like to know the rest of the story too, but at least there seems to be some compassion and hope here.

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  7. May he and his mom take every advantage of the help.

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  8. I was lucky and very fortunate to have had a few teachers like this.
    Great six!

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    1. That is so good to hear, and I am happy for you.

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  9. Good for the 'professor'. To overcome bullying in his childhood years at school and aspire to become a teacher and do something about it. Now, that is courage.

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    1. They have been there and know what it is like.

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  10. Good six. A promising ending thanks to a perceptive and experienced teacher.

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