In an elementary school, all the students sat on their chairs, getting ready for their teacher to attend class.
When the teacher settled and organized his absent list asked everyone to put their homework on their desks.
He walked to each student, checked their homework, and complimented everyone.
When it came to Tommy, the teacher got angry, threw Tommy’s notebook on his desk, and yelled loudly: “How many times do I have to tell you to be neat and clean. Look at your notebook; it’s dirty and ugly.
I want to see your mother tomorrow. I want to tell her how you are wasting everyone’s time. I can’t take it any longer.”
Tears circled in Tommy’s eyes, and he was shivering. He looked down, swallowed his grudge of sadness, and said: “My mother is sick, she can’t come to the school. My father was laid off, and he said as soon as he finds a job, he will take my mother to a doctor to stop bleeding when she coughs.
My father said he would be able to buy more milk for my little sister, and she won’t cry out of hunger all night.
Then he promised he would buy a new notebook for me so I won’t have to erase my brother’s old notebooks. I try to erase them more neatly, but it rips the paper.”
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