Friday, May 20, 2005

You can tell when Amandine gets on the bus by the stream of swear words she leaves in her wake. She’s only 15. She came to my after school classes during six years and was always a live wire. When she was about eleven she walloped one of the boys straight across the face. She hit him so hard he had to leave the room so that no one would see him crying. Then I made a really big mistake. I attempted to explain to Amandine that grown ups never hit each other and that she shouldn’t hit people either. “Of course they hit each other, my mum and step father hit each other, he once stuck a knife into her thigh”.

Not surprising she swears like a trouper, is it?

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