Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

You had a lot of courage for a teenager. I’m glad to see you stuck to your guns. I’ve believed for a long time that the education industry uses (empty) threats like that to try to keep students in line.


P.S. Have you heard anything from your friends in Turkey about the rioting? D.

06/01/13 @ 07:18
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]
Aunt Bann

I remember Mrs. Kendrick. In fact, I may have even gone to church with her—THAT, though, I don’t remember. She was one of the “old school” teachers, which, for those who don’t understand, meant that the teacher is ALWAYS RIGHT!!! I even subbed for her, at times. Glad you didn’t back down—for one thing, it would NOT have been YOU!!!

06/01/13 @ 20:22
Comment from: diana [Member]


I am hearing from my Turkish friends about the riots. It’s horrifying, really, what the government is doing to “quell” the dissidents. If I know Turks, this’ll just make things worse. :( I’m worried about them. Such a peaceful, happy, warm and welcoming people. This scares me.

Aunt Bann,

Mrs. Kendrick was just fine in my book until she threatened me (my grade, specifically) if I did not comply. That sealed it. Threats don’t work on me as planned. Not that I would have changed my mind at that point, anyhow; I already knew there was nothing they could do. That’s why they resorted to peer pressure and threats, which to me? Pish. Anyone who grew up in my home understands my reaction quite well. I almost laughed at her.

Even though Mother and Daddy would never condone the way I express this sentiment, our whole family has a point beyond which we cannot be pushed. I call this the “fuck with me–I dare you” point, because that verbiage seems to express the feeling and attitude far better than the sanitized version. Mrs. Kendrick pushed me to that point. As soon as she threatened my grade, I left there hoping she would. At that point, I wanted war. I wanted her to get the smack down she deserved for presuming to threaten an impressionable high school student, and the only way she would have gotten that is if she made good on the threat.

Sadly, she turned out to be just another spineless bully.


06/01/13 @ 20:47
Comment from: diana [Member]

And Dave…that courage came from my folks. I was weaned for moral courage. I can’t really take any credit for it.


06/01/13 @ 20:49

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