It's the first day of school at Stanton Central High. The teacher stands by the door as ready as she's going to be. The 6B Improvement of Language Skills class bursts in: Neal, with a shaved head; Joe, wearing three earrings; Vance, in dark glasses and a heavy navy jacket, the same one he wore the few days he attended last year... plus the other fourteen. "I'm hungry"... "I hate English" ... "I'm sick of this already." And so the new year begins. We will be with them for two semesters and we will get to know them all. We'll read their poems and journals. Be in on their muttered remarks and jokes. We'll see what they put in their Time Capsules and hear what they have to say in their interviews. We'll listen to their discussions as they watch Great Expectations. Many of us will come to care about all of them and be sad when some of them run away or get arrested or become pregnant. We'll understand why this teacher is relieved when Stan and Mike are both absent on a subzero Monday in the middle of February. Lots of days, we'll give her a gold star for her efforts.
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About the Author
Ginnah Howard's stories have appeared in Water~Stone Review, Permafrost, Portland Review, Descant 145, Eleven Eleven Journal, Stone Canoe, and elsewhere. Several have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her trilogy about two troubled Upstate New York families, which spans the years from 1946 to 2003, is now complete. In Book 1, Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories (Illume Publications, July 2014) all the Merricks and Morlettis have a chance to give their "take" on their formative years. Book 2, Night Navigation (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009) focuses on the Merrick familiy. This novel was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Book 3, Doing Time Outside (Standing Stone Books 2013), gives the Morlettis' side of the story. All of the novels stand alone. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York State gave Howard their Media Award for work on behalf of those with mental illness and their families. For more information visit: www.GinnahHoward.com