One of my students is mixed race
Nigerian mother, Indian Father
Her personality is like the sunshine
She lights up every environment she steps in
Extremely extremely extremely sanguine
She never stays down, even when you try to curb her
On Saturday, she was 45 minutes late for the class
Because her parents did not leave home on time
She was the last to come in to class
I did not interrupt the class for her, as I continued
When done with the other student, I turned to face her
She was tense and red
Her unhappiness was like a glass you could see through
My heart broke at her sadness that I took time to explain what she had missed
I continued teaching, and later stepped out of the class for bit
When I got back, she had become the sunshine again
She had done an imagery on my earrings, and nailed it
After the class, I asked
When you got to class, I noticed your face was red
Her brother responded
She was crying on our way
Why were you crying? Because you were late?
Yes. My brother made me late.
"You were crying because you were late?" I couldn't believe my ears.
Well, thank God you didn't really miss anything since you were able to catch up fast
"Yes, and I did an imagery on your earrings, and you didn't even know the object was on you."
At that point, I wished that 10 years from now, she would still remain the same.
I wish I could take her innocence and sunshine, and bottle it up
And then someday show her
This is the way you used to be
Don't let anyone tamper with it