Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Circumstances Beyond My Control

Good old Rob met me in class tonight and asked me to sign a drop slip for him.  And then he did something that shocked me.  He apologized for his behavior in class.  He told me his brother died recently and he was having trouble coping.  He told me he was going to get himself together and retake the course next term.

I thanked him for his apology, extended my sympathy (but what can anyone really say to something like that) and wished him well.

Many of these difficult kids have stories that explain their problems.  I know there was nothing I could have done to help him and I am glad I never said anything in class that might have embarrassed him. If this had been a high school class, his failure would have been my fault.  I'm glad I am not in high school any more.

RIP Rob's brother.  Rob, find the strength to go on.  I bet your brother would want you to do well.

1 comment:

ChiTown Girl said...

Wow, that's a tough one. I wish him well.