i have a new student.
he's a big guy and he looks and sounds like a huge teddy bear and he acts somewhat like one too.
he does have special needs, that's why he comes to our program.
he's in his late 20's and when i interviewed him and asked what his goals were and what he wanted to learn he wiggled his fingers rapidly like a demented pianist and told me he wanted to learn to type,'very fast.'
i was curious.
well, he said, i want to write books and you have to be able to type very fast.
well, you have to be able to 'write' i said, it doesn't matter how fast you can type.
he considered this for a moment.
then he changed his mind.
well, he said, i want to learn to speak latin and also how to go on the internet.
yes, i want to go on the internet and meet a girl from south america.
i will ask her to marry me and she will become my wife.
i knew i would have my work cut out for me.
he talks a mile a minute and does algebra on scraps of paper in his spare time.
however his other skills are sadly lacking.
he barely writes and when he reads he eliminates meaning by never pausing.
everything sounds monotonous and defies comprehension.
his social skills are atrocious.
the other day he was sitting at the table with several other students.
i was sitting opposite.
we were mid discussion in our life skills class.
without so much as a by your leave he raised himself onto one cheek of his rather immense backside and let one rip.
he didn't stop talking or miss a beat.
i was outraged!
i told him in no uncertain terms that he should leave the room to do that.
yesterday morning in the middle of a really busy activity i looked up to see him outside the classroom on the mezzanine.
he seemed to be standing on one leg.
it's a public right of way which we share with several other businesses.
the noise in the class prevented me from hearing him.
why are you in and out, i asked after he sat back down the second time.
well i had to fart, he said nonchalantly, if not a little surprised at my asking.
and you said i had to leave the room.
i guess i did.
and it's my own fault for not being more explicit i suppose.