Angels Watching Over Me - Chapter 2 Part 6

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 29th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Where we left off

Carissa is now six years old and she is going to school for the first time. She doesn't want to go, she would rather stay home with Katie-Ann. Katie-Ann first goes to the secretary's office. The secretary wants to send a social worker to the house but Katie-Ann won't hear of it.

Carissa held back the tears

Carissa held back her tears. Katie-Ann never spoke to her in this manner before. Fortunately, within a matter of seconds, her sister’s demeanor changed. She kissed the child until she giggled. Katie-Ann wished her sister adieu and promised to return at the end of the school day.

Alone for the first time in her entire life, Carissa made her way into the classroom and sat down at her assigned desk. Some of the children were crying, others were looking around wild-eyed and some were chatting away just as if they had done this before. Carissa sat quietly with her head down and her hands folded. She didn’t know what to do, but she did know she had to behave herself. She would not disappoint her big sister.

Carissa was frightened. Since the family always told her to relax, calm down and sit still, this must be what Katie-Ann meant by behaving herself.

She couldn't say her name

The little first-grader waited patiently to find out what happened next. The teacher finally introduced herself and informed the class when she entered the room to and sat down to expect her to say, “Good morning class,” after which the children were expected to respond in unison,

“Good morning Miss Thanick.”

“Let us all practice, shall we,” she continued.

Since not everyone responded, Miss thanick decided to ask each child individually to repeat her name. Carissa froze in terror. She did not want to speak out in front of the class, but she did not want to disappoint Katie-Ann either.

When it was finally her turn, Miss Thanick stood directly in front of her. She asked her for her name.

“Ka Ka Kaissa Fobes.” she responded.

“Oh yes,” said the teacher who check marked her name on the list she held in her hand.
“Carissa Forbes, good morning Carissa.” She waited for about thirty second then she repeated, “Good morning Carissa.” This time Carissa mumbled under her breath.

“I am sorry Carissa, but I cannot hear you, please speak louder.” she retorted.

“Good moning Miss sanith.” Carissa blurted out.

“No, that is not right,” the teacher expounded, “It is Miss Thanick, Than ick. Please repeat it one more time.”

Once again Carissa tried, Good moning Miss Sanith.” The children giggled. uncontrollably at which point Miss Thanick decided to end the exercise.

“Thank you very much Carissa, you did well.” She returned to the front of the class where she began the day’s lessons.

Carissa remained silent for the rest of the day. She did not want to speak and be ridiculed. No one ever laughed at the way she spoke before. When her siblings told her to be quiet in front of Mama, she knew it was because she was sick. But this was different, her mother was not here. She was stupid and that was why the children were mocking her. There was no other viable explanation for their rude behaviour she thought. “I am stupid, stupid, stupid.”

Alone in the school yard

During recess, the children played in the schoolyard. No one wanted to play with Carissa, She was left on her own. The children pointed at her and snickered. Someone yelled out behind her, “Look, the girl that can’t talk right.”

Carissa held her head down in shame as she walked away. Suddenly a voice in the head said, “Don’t worry about them, They are just stupid. One day you are going to have lots of friends. Don’t cry Carissa. Show them you’re a big girl. Behave yourself like Katie-Ann wants you to do. You are not alone, you have me. I will always be here in the schoolyard waiting to play with you.

From that day until the end of the school year Honey remained Carissa’s only friend. The children eventually stopped giggling at the way she spoke, unfortunately the emotional scar remained. Carissa transformed from a rambunctious, talkative little girl at home to a shy and insecure child to the outer world.

Previously link
Angels Watching Over Me: Chapter 2 Part 5

All photos taken from the public domain

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Sadly, this sometimes happens at school.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Carol, I felt so sorry for Carissa. It can be hard in school. Great writing.

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