In The First Time

First By-Line

I was a teenager, trying to impress my English teacher Mr. Suttles. …One day he looked out the classroom window at the deluge of rain that had been beating against the windows all day, and gesturing towards the storm he sighed, “’Alright class, give me 500 hundred words on… rain.”And he left the room. I remember everyone grumbling, but I took it as a challenge.

This was my first time writing off the top of my head…


Mr. Suttles reaction to my offering was at the least surprising…He cracked a smile – (a first). And then posted the piece on the Announcements Board. Then, even more surprising, he gave me my first by-line, and had the piece published in the school newspaper.

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