On the Cutting Room Floor – Lost Opportunities

Readers of The Wrong Calamity know that in my young years I had difficulties in my family and in high school. What was not in the book is that with no one to guide me, I was creating myself—but not well. I was a lazy student, but I wouldn’t have been if I’d known the differences. My senior year I told the principal, believing it, “When I’m in college I won’t have time to read for pleasure,” and I wanted to drop a course and do free reading instead. “Sure,” he said, and didn’t require me to report back on what I read. I listened to Barbara Streisand a lot, read a little, and graduated with no awareness of opportunities lost.

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