Smart Cookies

I knew the day couldn’t be that bad when my friend Kim, our school librarian, popped into my room at 7:40 to give me a box of Candy Cane Joe-Joes. These are my most favorite cookies EVER. I buy several boxes and ration them, two a day, until as long as I can.

Then in AP, as we discussed an article by Christopher Hitchens, a student asked why would Hitchens even give any amount of time or energy into criticizing people of faith. If he’s an atheist, she argued, why not just not acknowledge the other side?

A different student raised her hand. She began, “There’s a principle called the Hegelian dialectic…” and proceeded to explain how that principle explains why people sometimes go round after round debating ideas they are passionate about.

How could I not be grateful for my life after getting a box of Candy Cane Joe-Joes, and hearing a 17 year-old say, “Hegelian dialectic”?

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