Fuel

Dear Terrence,

You have difficulty controlling your impulses: no one, not even you, doubts that. You have difficulty controlling your anger: few people, including you, doubt that. You have difficulty controlling the volume of your voice: you don’t doubt it, but you claim it’s out of your control. I try to convince you that all of this is in your control, but when I look at your breakfast, I start to wonder.

There’s a saying about the quality of fuel and the resulting power: garbage in, garbage out. When your breakfast is a bag of Doritos, several squares of Hershey chocolate, and a twenty-ounce Dr. Pepper that you scarf down in my classroom just before school begins, it seems that the non-nutritional garbage you’re putting in can’t possibly result in anything positive.

Healthily,
Your Teacher in Room 302

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