There's a first for everything.
Today I drove to a kid's house, rang the doorbell, told him to grab his crap, get a coat on and get in the car. He had two exams to write and some course work to hand in and he'd graduate, but it had to be done today. So I drove to his house, literally Shang-Hai'd him, and pushed him into the classroom...respectfully.
I've never done that before.
I don't really have a specific approach to the work I do, not really. I'm not too tough on these kids, and I'm not a pushover. I'm a bit like Silly Puddy in that I mold to whatever shape I'm pushed up against. I like to think that I do what it takes, not what is expected...that I give you what you need, rather than what you might want...I do what I have to do. Today that meant kidnapping an unsuspecting funster who was either going to graduate from high school today, or go to jail next week. He can thank me later, that is, if he even remembers my name.
I never know if they do, you know. In so many cases I'm so in-and-out
of their lives, and so quickly, almost efficiently, like a knife cutting through soft butter. It sounds funny, but it's true. Oh shit,
you've got a big problem...call Brian. Blah be blah be blah be hocus pocus...we're doing something about it. We might not be fixing it all the time, but we're doing something about it. Of course, sometimes there are significant relationships that last for months or even years, and where the substantial influence and impact is obvious...and then there are scenarios like today.
"Get your #$%& and get in the car.
"Get your #$%& and get in the car, I said.
Two exams later and that kid's not going to jail, and will soon enough, I mean, as fast as someone can produce it, have a diploma on their wall. Life changes that fast, with that much force...that much critical mass. It's just that sometimes, some people, need some one to knock on their door, tell them to get their damn coat on, and plunk them down on destiny's doorstep.
Like I said, I've never done that before, but now that I have, I'd do it again...next time, and the time after that, and the time after that too. I hope someone does that for me someday. I hope that someone does that for Zoey someday. I hope that someone would do it for you someday.
Like Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it
." Sometimes it helps if someone makes
you look around.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go find a good friend's Grandson and put him in a headlock until he screams, "I give,
" and stays in school. Adios muchachos.