Thursday, November 3, 2011

The School

This story is told from the teachers point of view, on the first page the teacher is going through the list on class pets they have had. Telling us how each of them i died right after the class was assigned to take care of them. On the second page we start to hear from the children "They asked me, where did they go? The trees, the salamander, the tropical fish, Edgar, the poppas and mommas, Matthew and Tony, where did they go? And I said, I don’t know, I don’t know. And they said, who knows? and I said, nobody knows. And they said, is death that which gives meaning to life? And I said no, life is that which gives meaning to life. Then they said, but isn’t death, considered as a fundamental datum, the means by which the taken-for-granted mundanity of the everyday may be transcended in the direction of – 
I said, yes, maybe."

I like the part when they say "is death that which gives meaning to life?" i agree with these children death does give meaning to life. We all are headed to the same place we need to enjoy each and very day we have on this planet. They would like to see their teacher and the teacher assistant have sex because they have heard about it, but they would like to see it done before they die. She tells them no, then the new class pet is brought in, they forget about what they were talking about and run to the door.

1 comment:

  1. It is so interesting (and kind of confusing) how at some points the children in this story seem smarter than the adults, but at other points they seem just like normal children.