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Topic: Facepalm (05/15/14)
TITLE: The Sounds of Silence
By Richard Hicks
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Whenever I think of this story my face literally goes straight to my palms wanting to stay there and never come up for air. This story took place right after lunch in my seventh grade music class. Instead of our teacher going up to every student individually to hand our papers back for a quiz we had taken as he had always done previously; on this day we were all asked to come up to his desk to receive our graded papers.
I began praying to God for Mr. Gray to call on anyone else, just not me. Yet, call on me he did as I sat there frozen in my seat. So he calls me again; I froze again but could not make myself move from that chair. As Mr. Gray’s voice became more stern and the look on his face more tense; I knew I was going to have to face this dilemma. So, I stood up and walked very stiffly, trying to hurry, and hoping to make it back in time to my desk before everyone’s eyes would be upon me.
The pungent aroma that suddenly fueled the room along with its distinctive, accompanying baritone notes, tooted several times (seeming endless to me) as the whole class of 25 students was at first in shock and then erupted in a chorus of raucous laughter and clapping with various other sounds filling the air.
I will never forget the beyond-beet red color of Mr. Gray’s face that day as he tried to hold back his own laughter. The whole room was in the mode of one GIANT face palm during that few minutes of time that seemed to come to a total stop. It was like my ‘little horn’ had been the entire orchestra that day, as my very gaseous experience was the talk on the seventh grade halls. I still cannot believe that this happened, especially in music class of all places.
There will always be events in life that will make us feel embarrassed or less than adequate but that is when we need to remember whose we are. We are children of the King even in our weakest moments, actually-especially then. For God’s word says, “When we are weak then we are strong.”
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