Cosmology 206

October 15, 2012
“Time,” My professor proclaims, “is the answer. To our. Problems.”
His speech is being constantly started and stopped as if there is a set of red and green lights blinking randomly just behind his eyes. His voice is scratchy and his speech is so dull. I resume texting and Dr. Wright drones on. My whole life has been centered around Brown University. My parents both work here, well my mom worked here. My dad is currently a science professor here but he never gets to see me. I am far too busy learning and/or texting with my best friend Sally. My mom worked as a programs director but she died over the summer. People expected me to be devastated when I went back to school, but I wasn’t so sad. My mom was secretive. She never talked about her relatives. I had never even seen a picture of her when she was young. I barely knew her.
Now I am at Brown and dad is popping pills half a dozen times an hour for his severe depression. I can’t take it. He is always so sad he can barely teach his classes.


Dr. Wright stops talking. I look up to see him staring right at me. I can tell he has seen the glowing reflection of my text window in my glasses.
“Ms. Charles? Care to explain the rule I have about portable electronics?”

I chuckle. “Donald, you can call me Marti! Y’know? Short for Martha?” Dr. Wright’s face turns bright red.


“NEVER! IN MY THIRTY-FIVE! YEARS OF TEACHING! HAS ONE OF MY STUDENTS! DISRESPECTED ME AND CALLED! ME BY MY FIRST! NAME!” The whole class is fighting laughter now.

“Golly, Donald. I didn’t mean to uh, disrespect you! I just thought we were on a first name basis by now!” Dr. Wright points to the door. When I pass him he holds out his hand to collect my phone. There is no way I’m giving an ancient professor my cell phone. So I fish around in my pocket and then I hand him a quarter.





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NerdGirl said...
Oct. 20, 2012 at 9:33 am
I'm a little bit confused about the whole college professor part. I think that he over reacts and that Martha doesn't act very logically, calling her ancient professor by his first name. Also, when she talks about her mother dying and her father fighting depression, I'm not really feeling any emotion. If you could explain this  a lttle better the story would be much more clear. 
 
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