Monthly Attendance Award

I drove my last mile home today behind a beat-up Nissan Pathfinder driven by a fat Latina woman. The back of the car had two bumperstickers that said: "My child won the Monthly Attendance Award at Martin Luther King Elementary School."

I can only imagine the pride of such a parent and the life trajectory of such a child burdened with such unduly high expectations.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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