A story from Thursday, April 28, 2011

Class

“How come you wear the same clothes every day?” the pigtailed girl asked. Chuck turned crimson, and silently wished for school uniforms.

8 Critiques to "Class"

  1. The following was written by Tucker on April 28, 2011

    I can feel his shame. Nicely done.

  2. The following was written by Meera Jhala on April 28, 2011

    Thank you, Tucker!

  3. The following was written by Jan B. on April 29, 2011

    Sad but too often true.

  4. The following was written by Gayle Beveridge on April 29, 2011

    Very emotive.

  5. The following was written by Lisa Tang Liu on May 1, 2011

    I felt sad for him. I had uniforms when I went to school in Hong Kong, and when I came to the US public schools, where I didn’t have to wear uniforms, I ended up looking very strange (in mismatched ensembles) and often wearing the same clothes twice in a row until I found that it’s a faux-pas. But our means were limited, and I didn’t have that many clothes. And kids made fun of me. So I found the new choices a burden. This brought back painful memories, and I identify with the character well. It’s very poignant.

  6. The following was written by Meera Jhala on May 4, 2011

    Thanks for telling your story, Lisa. I am glad this piece of microfiction resonated with you. I am also first-generation in the US, and wrote this story based on my own childhood experiences with clothing-related faux pas. I twisted the story to make the main character an all-American boy, because I felt that the experience of shame must be universal! Thanks again for your comment.

  7. The following was written by Lisa Tang Liu on May 4, 2011

    I also like the title with its double entendre. At first I had thought it only meant class as in classroom, but I realized it had another meaning as well. Class distinction is much more transparent without uniforms.

  8. The following was written by Meera Jhala on May 5, 2011

    Thanks, Lisa. The title just came out accidentally–and then I said “oh, that has a double meaning” and went with it!