December 2, 2014 by Ray Yanek
Haven’t posted in awhile, but I read this piece from E.L. DeLeo that was published in a 2013 edition of Alligator Juniper and found it worth sharing. The piece is a memoir of a time DeLeo spent in a mental institution when she was 16 and it’s a fine piece of writing. What’s more important though, are the questions the memoir should raise in us as teachers.
As teachers, are we more like the employees of the hospital, or surfers on the beach?
Think about it.
Would love to hear your thoughts and talk about this so please leave a comment!
Alligator Juniper, 2013, Student Winner: Creative Nonfiction
After it appeared in AJ, “The Fairly Quiet Hour” was selected for inclusion in plain china, a national literary anthology out of Bennington College that showcases the best undergraduate writing from across the country.
The Fairly Quiet Hour by E.L. DeLeo
There is a liquid line between those who are called sane and those who are not.
The night I am committed to this hospital, the intake woman leaves me waiting alone on a bench in a hall before beeping her way out through automatic locking doors. Feeling a confused mixture of boredom and terror, I watch normal-seeming adolescent girls approach the large desk to my right.
One by one, each girl takes a tiny paper cup in one hand…
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