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35. Going Back to School
Dennis had always been a terrible student. When
was a kid, his parents sent him to
Catholic school. He didn't know much about the
. Of course he didn't know much about anything
he was 6 years old, but he did
one thing -- all his friends from the
went to a public school. Dennis was the
boy that went to a private school, and
friends would often tease him about it. "You're
one of us! You're not one of us,"
would sometimes chant. He wasn't really alone, though.
friend Patricia also went to the Catholic school,
she was a girl. After a while, they
walking to the small school together every morning.
was the first girl friend Dennis had ever
. She wasn't his girlfriend. She was just a
who happened to be a girl.
the school were very mean. They ruled the
like it was a prison. Dennis was afraid
even raise his hand to ask a question.
mother was often called into meetings with the
about Dennis, who would also sit in the
listening to the principal telling his mother how
he was, but was very lazy. Needless to
, Dennis didn't do well in school and ended
going to a junior college after high school.
didn't do very well there either, and soon
That all changed after Dennis grew up
started working. He had worked for many years
deciding he wanted to earn a degree after
. Dennis went back to school at the age
30, and soon was a college graduate with
degree. It turned out Dennis wasn't as lazy
those nuns thought he was.