… the teenager you helped instead of laughing at his clumsiness, the one who dropped all of his books in the bus in front of you. He may have a secret you know nothing about – a father who drinks all night and passes away on the sofa, snoring, belching and cursing in his sleep. Or perhaps he has a younger sister waiting for him at home, who can’t understand why she is so ill and can’t get better, no matter how many doctors she sees or medicines she takes. And you never know, he could be carrying his own shame, of failing the English test because the letters on the paper appeared backwards, upside down, scattered like a foreign language or a code he couldn’t decipher.
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