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  • When I was in 1st grade I was the only student who knew how to read going in, because my mom was a psycho and she thought that everybody should learn how to read before they left kindergarten. So because of this my teachers who, not gunna lie were on the lazy end, um, had me help out with some of the students who didn’t know how to read at all. And so we had “Erika’s Reading Circle,” which may seem odd for a 1st grader, but, I was just a cocky little spoiled brat in the 1st grade and so I probably volunteered to do it because I just thought it was cool. So basically the point of the story is I learned that goods and services aren’t always exchanged for money, what, and I learned more of what they actually come out to be. So one day, it was a Saturday, my dad was about to leave for work and I didn’t want him to go, I was like “Daddy why can’t you just stay home with me? Why do you have to go to work? Why can’t we just stay and play?”And because I was in 1st grade he wanted to put his answer in the simplest of terms so he said “Erika, I have to go to work, because you work for food.” Now I was 6 years old, so I took that in the literal sense, and one day a few weeks later, my mom was going through my backpack and she found this humongous stack of those food coupon gift card things for pizza hut taco bell etc… that you get when, for good behavior in elementary school and so she took them into the class because she was really concerned about how I got so many. And she said to my teacher I am so sorry, Erika must be stealing these from your desk I mean I don’t know how she could have gotten so many I’m really apologizing, and they looked at her and they go, oh no that’s her payment. And my mom was like what and they were like yeah one day she just came in to class and said I work for food. So, her reading group payment is those food coupons. And my mom just shook her head and she was like I am so sorry ,her dad said something to her the other day its, please don’t ,please take these back she’s fine its, don’t worry about it and she was so embarrassed and so apologetic and I got a talking to when I got home. And ,I was really mad because I couldn’t understand, if daddy said you work for food and daddy’s always right then why did she take my payment away?
    Then I had an experience with a girl in the class, um, her name was, let’s call her Sally and she was a slow learner and she was probably the most behind in the entire class. And she would always come to school crying and have them call her mom and say she had a headache and it was really sad because she really felt like she was not as smart as the other kids and so one day, um, she came to school and she was crying and I walked up to her and I said “Sally what’s the matter?” and she just looked at me and said “I don’t know how to read I feel so stupid everybody else is so smart and knows how to read and I just, I can’t be here its so embarrassing,” and I looked at her and I said “Sally don’t worry about it everybody learns how to read I just learned before every body else its fine I promise I’ll teach you how to read it’ll all be okay you’re so smart and so funny and everybody loves you so just don’t worry.” And I guess she went home and told her mom who told my mom and she was so thankful she was like thank you so much she feels so much better I can’t believe your kid was able to say something like that age you know 6. And that’s when I learned that sometimes you do things just to help people out and just for the benefit of others and that can be better for you in the long run then food coupons or money umm especially you know, when you’re in the first grade.
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