|Chapter 13 - Mini Rappers
||[Nov. 5th, 2003|11:56 pm]
Collections of a Short Story
|||||Miho Hatori And Smokey Hormel - Ocean In Your Eyes||]|
I had my first day of work today. Freema and Kim picked me up and we went to this elementary school in Oakland. I was all sorts of excited to start my new job, teaching little children the wonders of the world and singing koombaya.
We opened the door to the auditorium where they were going to be waiting for us, only to find about SIXTY little kids running around, screaming and yelling and crying. We were like. Woa. Keanu Reeves style.
Not to mention, that this elementary school's population is consisted by 99% Blacks. Coming from Orange County, I haven't had much experience with black people (even though I WISH I did because I love their culture so so much and I think they are the most good humored and sweet people in the world), so this was completely new to me.
We split the group in half and gathered the first group to go to the computer labs. I needed to check if our website worked on their computers so I leaned over this one second grader and was like, "excuse me a second" and typed in the search. And then the girl goes, "Nuh uh girl, you did NOT just do that. That is just scandalous, I say, scaaandalous. I am going to have to call 9 double 1 and report you now". I was like, whaa. And then the girl next to her was like, 'shut up Azana" and she was like, "You shutup BI-ATCH". Now little kids aren't supposed to cuss, no matter how mature they are so I was like, "HEY what did you just say??" And then she buried her face in my arm and whined sweetly, "I'm just kiiiding. I'm sorry."
And then another fight broke out across the room and I hear this tiny little third grader saying saying to another girl, "Back at you and yo MAMA too TOO. Uh huh uh huh that's what I'm sayin STUPID." HAHAHA oh my gosh. I swear I felt like I was in Bill Cosby's "Kids Say the Darndest Things". THEY DO. I love how they talk like they're twenty something and then revert to their angelic ways. So cute.
But the kids were wild. Freema and Kim were in a daze. They kept saying, "This is by far the worst group of kids we've ever worked with." And of course I am the one that's going to have to deal with them by myself in a few weeks. But honestly, I really don't mind the challenge because I am already attached to the kids. Some of them are sooo sweet and they helped me clean up and stuff.
It was funny cuz a few of them came up to me and started stroking my hair and asking me if it's real. I don't have any type of extraordinary hair. Just straight black and boring. But they were so in awe, it made me realize that these kids really don't get exposed to other races. And that's what I'm gonna be teaching them about, woot wooot.
Ah I can't wait till next week.
Betty: "Geez Sheena, by the end of the year you're going to talk ghetto." As if I already don't!