I Wish I Had Enough Money

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19 Responses

  1. “Always, she should have bread and milk in her house.”

    Absolutely. How lucky she is to have you for her teacher to get her started. Thank you for sharing her.

  2. Avie Layne says:

    This is the third time this week that I have cried. You were witness to the first two and my MAC is witness to the third. We often dream of the “Winning the Lottery” and all of the wonderful things that we have. It’s people like your “gifted drunk” who remind us that we really don’t need large amounts of money to be happy.

  3. Joanne says:

    I wish the best for her. May she stay sober every day, find her way and watch her dreams happen.

  4. Meg says:

    For a self-descrbed “drunk” she is awfully grounded and sane. Certainly her road won’t be easy, but it’s leading in the right direction. And helped along by a certain prof who gives her the gift of time for introspection that she’d likely never have otherwise.

  5. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    I’m praying for her, Jocelyn. Added her to the list tonight. “God, I hope she makes it. You know who she is, you know her struggles, protect her and keep her safe and help her through to a sweet place.” And I’m keeping her in my prayers for the long haul. This one touches me.

  6. lime says:

    may she be blessed with an exceedingly long sobriety, all her necessities met, and her simple dreams granted. may she have enough for herself and enough to share.

  7. There are always those amazing ones that get inside our hearts. You are better for having known one another.

  8. LIl says:

    You are one of “those” teachers, the ones we remember who actually had a lasting impact on our lives. I don’t doubt that for a moment.

  9. Yes we should. And maybe she’s on her way. And I also hope, for her sake, she can find a way to a helpful therapist instead of an unhelpful one.

  10. Maria says:

    I am married to a high school teacher. Every year, it happens like clockwork. There is this kid. Bugs the holy hell out of her. But, there is just…something….about that one. She can’t put her finger on it, but, something. By the end of the year, she is sitting across a plate of pancakes in our favorite diner with me and telling me how this kid, against all odds, got that Buffet scholarship for college. And then she chokes up and looks away, says, “God, I love that little shit.”

  11. Friko says:

    I wish your gifted drunk had enough clarity of mind to see that a few of her wishes could come true without having a lot of money. Could you help her to see that?

    I sincerely hope she and anyone else in your class with staying power will make it and that they’ll remember you as the one who gave them a shove in the right direction.

    I listened to you on the previous post. Do you know, I thought that your voice would be more forceful and determined. You sound like a very pleasant, totally non-aggressive person. Pondering it I would have to say that I really have no reason to think you anything else. Strange how we create an image which can be quite wrong.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Good observations all around.

      I would definitely describe myself as non-aggressive. However, I’m fairly assertive when need be–and I am very attuned to the distinction between being aggressive and being assertive.

  12. chlost says:

    I represent many of these kids “in juvie”. So many of them have that something….that they don’t see as they struggle to lurch from day to day. I am so happy that your student is in college, is sober, is trying, and that she has you in her life. Just one person, it is true, can make a big difference.
    I have begun to think that for some kids, the potential that is within them sometimes is the reason that they struggle so much. That sounds a bit odd, I suppose. Does that make sense to you?

  13. Jenny Woolf says:

    What’s up with me? I read this post about a week ago, thought “That is a wonderful post, it moved me, it made me think, and it made me angry to think of people who could do so well, struggling just to stay afloat.” Then I see I don’t seem to have posted that comment. Well, I’m back here again and I am posting it now. Whatever becomes of this student, she will surely remember that you believe in her, and it will help her on her way.

  14. Bijoux says:

    My daughter who has autism is a community college student and took an online class this semester. It was eye-opening to read the various assignments on the message board.

  15. Monica says:

    I wish I knew you – IRL.

    I wish more people were like you!

  16. kmkat says:

    She could get her natural hair color back by taking the extreme step of shaving her head. Not saying she should, but she COULD. I wish her days and weeks and months and years of sobriety and positive decision-making (in the tradition of her deciding to take your class) and success in whatever form she deems it to be.

  17. Magpie says:

    They are lucky, they that have you.

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