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Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)
By CrisC Ramirez
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She walks over to the kitchen and she sees her mother, Alice, with Dwayne.
“Hi sweetheart!” says her mom. As she pulls a cigarette from her mouth and a puff of smoke disappears in the air above the table. Dwayne was sitting there, “Good morning” he says. “Yeah” says Clarissa. “What!” says her mother. “You do not address our company like that young lady, do you hear me! Dwayne is our house guest!” Alice cuddles toward Dwayne and he pats her near the hip area as Clarissa watched. “Okay, Mom. I have a field trip today I think,” says Clarissa. “Oh really, where ya going?” says Alice. “I think a pond somewhere,” says Clarissa. “Oh, okay, honey, I will see you after school then. I’ll be waiting for you here when you get home,” says Alice. “Run along now! Good bye.”
Clarissa stumbles her way to the bus stop without eating breakfast. She hopes she can have breakfast when she gets to school. She always arrives late. Her Mom has lots of late company. Alice tells Clarissa that the house guests’ gets them lots of nice presents. There is music and loud talking going on in their small apartment. There’s nothing she can do about it. She doesn’t care about the nice presents, she just wants to sleep.
The bus ride seemed to take forever, but she finally arrives at school. Immediately, Clarissa finds her teacher. “Mrs. Smith, I am sleepy. Can I sleep for awhile.” Mrs. Smith has been teaching for years in this impoverished neighborhood, and has seen many cases similar to Clarissa’s. Her caring and soft persona has won many hearts and friendships with the children at Clarissa’s school. “Today is our field trip, Clarissa. We will be leaving in a little while. Have you eaten anything?” asks Mrs. Smith. “No ma’am”, says Clarissa. “My mom had company again”, she says as she yawns and rubs her eyes. “I see, let’s go get you a tray and get you ready”, says Mrs. Smith. “Thank you, Mrs. Smith.” Clarissa said with a warm voice and a smile on her face. She was excited about the trip now. “Mrs. Smith, you are my favorite teacher”, says Clarissa. “Well, thank you, Clarissa,” says Mrs. Smith as she sits with her at her desk sipping her coffee. “You are a very sweet and bright girl," she says with a smile.
The day seemed brighter now for Clarissa, and the birds were singing much more beautifully on this Spring day! She will actually get to see them at the pond!
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