Copyright © Louis Schmier and Atwood Publishing.
Fri, 1 Oct 1993
I called Tommy last week. I wanted to see if he had signed up for that drama or communications course. He hadn't. I wasn't surprised. He told me that his adviser wouldn't agree. He had to take another accounting course. When I asked why hadn't he ignored his adviser and telephone registered by himself, he said he had talked with his parents and they had agreed with the adviser. So, as he said, "I just went along."
"You knew what you had to do. You have to start taking control of your own future," I told him with a sadness in my voice.
A day or two later, I received a letter from Tommy arguing his case for a better grade. Portions of it went like this:
"No," I said. "Talking is easy; it's walking that's tough. But, this is what I will do. You take your classes for the next two quarters. I'll talk with the professors. If what you say isn't bull shit, I'll call it 'effort and performance after the fact.' And, then, I'll change your grade."
"That's fair enough. You watch!"
"Good luck, and I'm here if you need an ear or a shoulder. Have a good one."
"You, too. And thanks again."
Make it a good day. --Louis-- Louis Schmier (912-333-5947) email@example.com Department of History /~\ /\ /\ Valdosta State University /^\ / \ / /~ \ /~\__/\ Valdosta, Georgia 31698 / \__/ \/ / /\ /~ \ /\/\-/ /^\___\______\_______/__/_______/^\ -_~ / "If you want to climb mountains, \ /^\ _ _ / don't practice on mole hills" -\____