John Marsden Writing Topic #435

What’s the most memorable lesson you’ve had?**

The most memorable lesson I’ve had was when I was in year seven. One day in my science class, a few of us were talking and playing up, the teacher obviously got fed up and said to us “if anyone doesn’t want to be here, you can leave.” Obviously those of us who were talking and playing up, myself included, didn’t understand the concept of sarcasm and literally left.

I recall hanging out with most of my fellow classmates who left the room and having a bit of fun. I can’t recall if we eventually went back to the classroom or if our science teacher came and found us, either way all of us who left ended up in detention that day. When I told my mum about it, her reaction was surprisingly indifferent. When I think about it now, I’m unsure if she was really angry about it or not, I don’t recall being in too much trouble with her.

To me this is my most memorable lesson in the concept and meaning of sarcasm, as well as being imperfect.



**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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