300 short stories: story 271

story: “In the Shadow of Man”

author: Bell Boggs

year: 2018

where: Al Reem Island, babycakes

note: So many great observations about liberals and charter schools, but instead of being funny like one might expect, the observations are rather alarming and sometimes harmful.

a line:  “Maybe Todd and Lori were having issues like that—Lori a programmer, so friendly and competent, and Todd with his weird odd jobs and reptiles, his way of standing silently off to the side at school functions, arms crossed over his belly. Ben could hardly even call his voice to mind, and he knew that it was hard to feel voiceless, extraneous. But that was a lot to put in a text.”

theme(s): Parenting, charter schools, liberals, school trips


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