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True Tales; The Unfortunate Boy and Society's Trash

Let me tell you a true story about two friends who also happens to be students of mine...

X (real name cannot be disclosed for secrecy sake) is a shy and quiet boy who rarely expressed an opinion in my Physics class. He is also very clever, but alas, like a smashed mirror, all brilliance but still, a broken item (I will tell you why in a moment).

Y is an extrovert kind of person, who'll bug you everywhere, at anytime of the day. He's not really bright, but he can be quite helpful if he puts his mind into the job.

Both X and Y, in my professional opinion, are not really 'right' in the head, but not in a bad way.

So anyway, one morning, a few days ago, X and Y decided to visit me during the weekend, by bus. My esteemed mother asked me the same morning to buy a notebook computer for my handicapped brother, and gave me a lot of money for the purchase. So I called up the boys and told them to stay put at the bus stand, so I could pick them up to accompany me to the city. This they did.

So the three of us went to a computer store where I bought an Acer notebook computer immediately (because it's not mine and I was a bit annoyed to be woken very early just to do shopping for others). "What you want to do next?" I asked my students because I don't have the afternoon planned.

"Let's go to the movies," they said. I agreed because it's a hobby of mine anyway.

So we drove to the nearest cinema and I bought 3 tickets for the 4.00 pm show (because we missed the 2.00 pm show for 'FarCry'). Then I let the boys roam the mall, as long as they didn't do anything stupid that require my attendance.

I received a call soon after, from an unknown number;
"Is this Mr Ramzu?"
"Yes."
"Where are you?"
"I am somewhere near a cinema?"
"You are going to watch a movie?"
"Maybe. Who is this?"
"I am X's mother."

I will not continue the dialogue , but will tell the gist of it. She is ANNOYED that I brought her son to an INAPPROPRIATE place (cinema/mall). She said I was IRRESPONSIBLE and SELFISH. She said her brilliant son would be scarred for life, being somewhere near places with BAD INFLUENCE. She went on and on and on. I was quiet because 1. My parents never teach me to talk back to older people and 2. She has all the right to be angry for her son and 3. I am not that stupid to start an argument.

And when knowing her son is going out with Y, she commented thus;
"Isn't Y the Trash of Society?" ('Trash of Society' refers to people who contributed zero, useless individuals, e.g. drug addicts, snatch thieves etc). Y is not an excellent boy in study or behavior, yet a mother calling another's child such is completely unacceptable for me.

So, after she hung up, I rounded up her son and Y and immediately started the journey to send them back home, thus abandoning the cinematic activity. X was very adamant about my decision, because he really wanted to watch a movie. He told me that he has NEVER been in an outing with friends (that was his FIRST), and also never been to a cinema (unlike most of his peer, 17 yrs olds). X was never good at expressing his feeling, and after talking to his parent, now I understood why my student behaves oddly. Something is wrong at home.

When I was his age, even younger, my parents would persuade me to go outside and 'get a life'. They even gave me money to go to the cinema or anywhere I like as long as I got back home in the evening. They knew I am bright enough not to be caught in any sticky situation.

So I pity X because from what I witnessed and information from his friends, plus from himself, this unfortunate boy has 'no life' (normal social life). I can predict the outcome in the far future, but I would not be too specific here. Let's say when you fenced a young one, he'll fly away and never return when the opportunity comes. I told X to prepare for this future, but never get into an argument with his parents. Sometimes people do hard things for love.

As for Y, he said he was used to it. I told him to buck up and change his way, or the infamous tittle would be truly his, years to come.

For the first time in my 7 years career as a teacher, a parent had called me IRRESPONSIBLE. I wish I can sit down with this particular woman and tell her that sometimes, an accusation like that can be harmful to people's state of mind.

I will remember this.

18 comments:

maximus alexius said...

what a pathethic mum he got...huhu
sometimes parents should give their son a time to socialise with others. then, how the son is goona growing up soon? a bachelorette? haha....

Shadowthorne said...

maximus; Yes, I had the same thought too. But I heard the parents let his friends visit.

Aizan Suhaira said...

Overprotective parents are the ones who do irreversible damage to their children. And from your story I can tell the mother is one stuck up bitch who thinks she's the cream of society.

I pity X, and I hope he won't be too fucked up when he gets older. And as for Y, I think there's hope for him yet.

Let's all pray that these kids will turn out OK.

Anonymous said...

it's not like that!!!!! myb my mom done wrong, but she know what the best 4 her son.. n im not that worse!!!!!!!!!! ive hang out at cinema, but not with frnds.. just grlfrnd(nurul, someone that i keep thinking most of the time, n i cant take her out of my mind)........... ghahaha.. i was exremely wanted to watch that movie bcos just want to release stress(spm next month)... n i dont enough money to watch movie(thats why la....)..... for y, im really sory about the statement... actually it was his fault...! he shouldnt showed his bad habit to my mom!!!! 4 mr ramzu (hans m), u really kind person, n im so sorry abt the incident. i apologise 4 my mom...
anyway,only love n peace can change the world!!!!
peace! .P
sincerely....
x(i know what im doing)
physics A1 4 spm!!!!!

Anonymous said...

dear mak cik aizan suhaira(perempuan kerw niyh?), she still my mother, n i should rspect her n love her!!! im not a that worst!!!!!!!!!!! dont pity on me!!! sory 4 my broken english.........

Anonymous said...

physics A1!!!! cikgu ramzu rocks!!!

Anonymous said...

peace! .P

Shadowthorne said...

Aizan; X sends his regards to you. He likes you. ha ha ha.

Shadowthorne said...

Anonymous; Yes, yes, yes. We get you. A case of Stockholm syndrome? :)

And yes, I am a terrific teacher.

Anonymous said...

aizan laki aeyh... ohw....

Anonymous said...

pompuan la.....

Tenchi said...

shadow: u let ur student follow ur blog also?

Malice Blackheart said...

X, hang in there, buddy. Your mom sounds super-overprotective, but I can tell her heart is in the right place, even if her head isn't always. If Y can prove he's a good influence, I'm sure your mom will decide she likes him after all.

Malice Blackheart said...

By the, Shadowthorne, I love the music you've chosen here. It's so mellow and not at all evil. You're just as much of a softy as I am, despite your faux-evil appearance.

Shadowthorne said...

Tenchi; Yes do do follow.

Shadowthorne said...

Malice B; Deception my dear Watson, deception. And spring the trap when they least suspect.

Vyazz said...

I guess all parents seem overprotective bout their kids. Guess its just instinct. Me being the only kid, I know the lengths my parents go to keep me grounded. If it wasn't 4 the Petersburg experience I would have been a shy little mama's boy, without knowing bout the intricacies of the world. But cannot blame them either, jus the way u are caring and protective bout ur ferrets. ;)

Shadowthorne said...

Vyazz; ha ha ha! My ferrets are so independent, i'd give them money to go to the cinema if they knew how to return back home after. :)

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