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Lunch disaster (II)
    2017-03-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Brodie’s jaw is hanging wide open. His eyes are filled with fear as he starts to protest. “I... I... I…” Mrs. Brice holds up her hand motioning for him to stop. “My office now!” Mrs. Brice says in a whisper, almost impossible to hear.

    “Yes ma’am,” Brodie says, gripping the end of his shirt. Brodie’s eyes swell up with tears. He uses the back of his hand and wipes his eyes. Mrs. Brice finally walks out of her office bathroom, after what seemed like hours later. She has changed into a fresh uniform, and all the leftover mashed potatoes have been cleaned off of her face. Instead of the cold, heartless eyes she has shown before, her eyes now seem warm as if they were the sun shining on him, taking away his fear and sadness.

    Finally, Mrs. Brice sits down, and starts speaking to Brodie.

    “If I am correct, then you did not mean to hit me with food,” Mrs. Brice says in raspy voice.

    “No ma’am, I did not mean to hit you.” Brodie says in a shaky voice.

    “Do you believe that I am a heartless old witch?” Mrs. Brice says in a serious voice.

    “No ma’am,” Brodie chokes out in a shaky voice

    “I know that everyone in this school just thinks that I’m a strict and ugly principal,” Mrs. Brice says while reaching for Brodie’s hands and cupping them in hers.

    Brodie stares at her, confused.

    “But that’s absolutely wrong! I want you to know that I’m not just a mean old lady, and that I don’t just care about your education. I also care about your feelings, and if there’s anything I can do to benefit you or help you, please let me know! Because I would be more than glad to help,” Mrs. Brice smiles with those warm puppy dog eyes of hers.

    “Yes ma’am!” Brodie says still a bit confused, about why the principal was being so nice. And why she was holding his hand.

    “In the meantime I know that you did not mean to throw it at me, so I’ll cut you some slack. You may leave now,” Mrs. Brice says while rolling her chair around the room.

    Brodie gets up and starts to leave, he stops at the doorway and turns around to look at the principal.

    “Why are you being so nice to me. Mrs. Brice, I mean after all, I did hit you in the face with mashed potatoes?” Brodie asks with a questioning look in his eyes.

    “I’ve told you Brodie, kids in this school have seriously misunderstood me as some evil witch. I’m not as mean as you think I am, Brodie, I am very forgiving! And by all means you didn’t mean to hit me in the face with the mashed potatoes,” she says with a thoughtful smile.

    Brodie takes one last glance at Mrs. Brice and turns around to walk away when suddenly he hears Mrs. Brice say: “You’re a good kid, Brodie. And I think that you’re going to make me proud some day!”

    “Thank you, Mrs. Brice!” Mrs. Brice chuckles. “I’m serious, Mrs. Brice! Thank you!” Brodie says fidgeting with his necklace.

    Mrs. Brice gives Brodie a thumbs up as he walks out of her office. “You’re a good boy, Brodie.” Brodie hears Mrs. Brice mutter as he walks out of her office.

    After the visit he had with Mrs. Brice, Brodie thinks of Mrs. Brice as more of a friend than a teacher now.

    Since then Brodie has tried to listen more carefully in class and study diligently because he wants to make Mrs. Brice proud. Brodie continues to work hard every day and has never forgotten those valuable words that Mrs. Brice said to him.

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