Friday, January 20, 2017

Week in Seven Words #326

This time, the flare-up is over a jar of expired sauce. He slams the jar into the garbage bag; she fishes it out and nearly slices open her hand.

He likes the kids who act out. They're more honest, he says. But what about the kids who stuff their pain so deep it eats them alive, even as they smile and get good grades?

At a few points during the film, the panelists pause it to take questions. Some of them respond with substantive answers. Others devote their time to protracted thanks, reeling off names. The lights over the screen sear our eyes.

A panhandler wearing a Trump mask props up a sign in front of him that says "Mexican Wall Fund."

At a meal of rituals, songs, and prayers, he keeps an eye on hockey scores, checking his phone with an exaggerated sneakiness that's meant to fool no one.

They hug, for once, in a small room saturated with cooking smells - meat sizzling, herbed potatoes softening.

We toss ideas back and forth and build a story, with joy and energy.


Brian Joseph said...

"Thumbing" creates a very realistic picture :)

I really like what you wrote for "overlook". It is a thought that teachers and some parents should ponder.

HKatz said...

It's something that parents and teachers definitely overlook, because the kids are outwardly compliant...

Lucy said...

'Overlook' reminds me of the bit at the beginning of one of the Narnia books, maybe 'The Silver Chair', about Eustace and his friend at the progressive school, where the bullies are considered 'interesting' and get all kinds of attention and indirect encouragement, while their victims still go on getting bullied.

HKatz said...

@ Lucy - That's one dynamic I've seen a lot of (and it depends on who the bullies are too, if they're kids the teachers want to champion vs. swiftly, harshly punish). In this case, the acting out wasn't necessarily bullying of other children - but it still stands that the quietly suffering kids go on quietly suffering. Teachers can find that convenient.