“My Krana Layala,” Mama said, as they walked down the school corridor toward the office. “Let’s take a few moments to talk things over. That was a very demanding and taxing experience for you, today. Now, there is only a half hour of school left. Perhaps you just want to go home? We can arrange that, if you want. All I have to do is tell your teacher or the main office. You just say the word, sweetheart.”
“Yes, Mama. I’ve had enough school for one day. I’m ready to go home.”
“And one other thing, my Krana Layala. Why didn’t you tell me about being left alone in an empty classroom? I thought you had a tutor. If I’d known the truth, I could have helped.”
“I was ashamed, Mama. I thought I must’ve done something to offend the teacher, and that was why she never came back. So, I tried to make the best of the situation and teach myself on my own.”
They arrived at the school office. Mama shook her head and then took a deep breath before opening the door.
“I need to see Principal Stephie right now!” Mama said to the school secretary.
The secretary opened her eyes wide, but before she could speak, the principal came out of her office and asked, “Katie, what’s wrong? Please, come in and tell me.”
Karen watched silently, as the principal led Mama into her private office and closed the door. Sitting in a chair, she stared at the office door and thought, Mama will know what to do. I should’ve told her long ago.
After a while, the door opened and Mama came out, followed by the principal. They shook hands, and Karen followed Mama to their car.
Original text ©2022 by Karen Lynn-Chlup. All rights reserved.