My Further Adventures with Mr C

We are spendthrifts with words,
We squander them,
Toss them like pennies in the air–
Arrogant words,
Angry words,
Cruel words,
Comradely words,
Shy words tiptoeing from mouth to ear.
From Words taken from Dark Testament and other Poems by Pauli Murray born in Baltimore in 1910-1985 

During my time as a mature student my dear friend Nicky said I should blog about my experience. I’m glad I kept copies of my entries. It’s strange reading back through them as it surprises me how clearly I can recall the events on each night after reading my notes. This only goes to show me that I had the ability to write well already but it was my lack the confidence and self-belief that held me back. The class I was in started out with twelve students, but by the seventh day we were down to five. This didn’t surprise me, but I was determined to stick it out.

Class 7 of 32: One by One Hope Departs.

I’m sorry, I have been a bit slow with updating what happened in my English class last week, but there’s not much to tell. Five members of the class made it for this week’s lesson, plus the classroom assistant and Mr C.

Photo by Skylar Kang on

As usual Mr C went through his errs and ahs as he once again forgot his examples of what he was trying to explain to us about Semi Colons and Colons.

He told us about how; when he was young he wanted to travel the world. So he went to Canada and bummed around for a while. When he came home, his father told him, he should settle down and do something useful, so he became a teacher.

He then handed out his normal collection of worksheets for us to work from. I set to work on the first one he had given us, but found it to be very confusing. We had to put in where the punctuation went. When he came to check mine, he told me, I had left out the capital letters.

“Oh,” I said a bit puzzled as he hadn’t explained exactly what he had wanted us to do.

“Sorry, I’ve given you all the wrong sheets,” he said with that now annoying smile of his. “It should have been this one.”

The next sheet had the explanation at the top of what he wanted us to do. This made it so much more easier for us.

Mrs 40’something asked if he was going to go back over what we had learnt already as she couldn’t remember what he had taught us. She said, she still couldn’t remember what a verb was.

Next we went on to learn about apostrophes.

I’m just glad I went out and brought a grammar book to work through on my own. I can’t wait until this Thursday evening to find out what we will learn next, or not, whatever the case maybe.
I’m hoping to finish my short story, which Mr C said he’ll work through with me to correct any mistake I might have made with my grammar. I will post his comments on here if he does.

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I do hope you are all managing to keep up with my adventures as a mature student. Today while searching through my folders looking for something else I came across some of Mr C’s worksheets 😂🤣. On reading them, I still don’t find them very helpful.

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  1. I think it was smart of you to buy your own grammar book. I’m sure you learned more from it than from class. Oh, that poor Mrs. 40’s woman! I hope she finally learned something, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she didn’t.

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