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Topic: Digital Detox (04/24/14)
TITLE: Face to Face
By Adekunle Lawal
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Face to Face
Sandra was sitting before her Dad’s laptop, and having an online chat with Megan, her best friend.
“How was the result of the Arithmetic test?” Sandra asked Megan.
“Oh, I’ve forgotten to tell you; I scored 100%, the highest mark in our class.” Megan announced proudly.
“You must be a smart student in calculations.”
“Science and Arithmetic are my favorite subjects. I feel at home when working on them.”
Sandra and Megan were Christians, and 6th Graders from different Elementary schools. Sandra was from Florida, but Megan lived in New York. Both friends were twelve years old, usually communicated through internet and occasional phone calls.
It was Miss Owen, Sandra’s class teacher, who brought some students pictures from her last visit to Skyline Elementary School in New York. She informed her students that Sandra’s school and the Skyline had been in friendship exchange visits for 34 years. She encouraged those students who were interested in friendship with the Skyline students to look at the pictures, and pick anyone they liked; details of the students were written at the back of their pictures. Sandra had picked Megan’s picture, and they had been communicating smoothly since then.
It was the turn of the Skyline students to visit Sandra’s school in Florida. Mr. Forbes, Megan’s class teacher, had informed his 6th Graders of their proposed three-day visit to their friends’ school.
In the morning, on the day they were leaving the school for Florida, Mr. Forbes addressed the students.
“I want every one of you to behave well, when the Florida students visited us last year, there was no any problem reported. You see, you have been communicating with your friends on internet since these days, but these three days are going to be Digital Detox; you will have opportunity to see your friends and interact face to face. Is that not awesome?”
“Yes, it is, Mr. Forbes!” The students answered with joy.
Towards the break time at the Florida school, the Skyline boys and girls with their teacher drove into Sandra’s school in a hired school bus that picked them up from the airport. Miss Owen came out to welcome their guests, and led them to the school hall where the reception took place.
Sandra was eager to meet her friend. She was patient, calmly waiting for the introduction time, which would be the right time to see her friend face to face; and later would have a wonderful time together. But she was surprised when Mr. Forbes introduced his students, and identified the girl on a wheel chair as Megan Bright.
‘Oh, my goodness, Megan is on a wheel chair!’ Sandra was transfixed on her seat. Later, the students were allowed to meet their friends. Sandra quickly regained her posture, and walked briskly towards Megan.
“Hi! I’m Sandra, your best friend; it’s nice to meet you. You are welcome to Florida.” Sandra beamed at Megan, stretched forth her hand, and the two friends shook hands.
Megan was surprised at Sandra’s warm welcoming. She had been thinking on how their meeting would look like.
“It’s nice to meet you too. I really appreciated how you welcomed me. Hope you were not surprised to see me in this condition. I thought Miss Owen must have informed you about my situation; I was expecting you to discuss it with me on internet, but you never mentioned anything about it. Well?” Megan looked at her friend closely.
Sandra then remembered that Miss Owen had informed them that Megan had a physical disability, but she never gave it a serious thought, and did not inquire further from the teacher. Besides, Sandra liked Megan right away as she set her eyes on her picture.
Sandra drew a chair, and sat to face her friend, “Miss Owen told us. And I want to let you know that you are my best friend, regardless of your situation. Do you know why I like you so much?”
“No.” Meagan was amazed at her friend.
“I admire your excellent spirits in Science and Arithmetic; and since we have been friends my performances in those two subjects have improved greatly through your encouragement. I’m grateful to God that brought us together. The Bible says, ‘Iron sharpneth iron: so a man sharpneth the countenance of his friend’ (Proverbs 27: 17 KJV).” Sandra quoted her favorite Scripture to drive her point home.
The two friends laughed as they joined the other students in Sandra’s class.
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