Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey
It was around November of 1955. I was ten. We had just moved from Dayton, Ohio to Miami, Florida. I had picked up more of an interest in school by fifth grade in Dayton and looked forward to the experience in Miami.
In Miami, the students had advanced in math to fractions. I knew absolutely nothing about them.
The teacher began a lesson on them one day by asking me to go to the blackboard before the class. She placed a fraction problem on the board and asked me to figure it out. I was dumbfounded. The class began to laugh. The laughing got louder and louder.
In some portion of my mind deep down I can still hear them laughing. This was hands down, the most embarrassing, humiliating moment of my entire life. I hope if you have children they will never have to experience anything like what I…
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