Consider my colleague, who teaches some youngsters who tend to see things from a different point of view. On top of the usual requests to go see the nurse because “My finger hurts,” or “I have bumps on my face,” she found out last week that one of her kids (we’ll call her Princess I’m Telling) suffers from an even more serious condition.
This affliction is characterized, according to the student, by the presence of “blue marks all over my arms.”
Markers! If you guessed that markers played a role in the onset, you would get a sticker for good thinking, but you would have missed it by just a smidge.
Upon closer inspection, it became apparent that PIT was suffering from circulation. Which is to say that the telltale blue marks turned out to be none other than the veins in her arms. It would seem that she had not detected their presence in her previous eight years of life. Neither, I guess, had she noticed these strange markings on others of her species.
Suffice it to say that we are quite prepared to put money on the odds of her nailing the state tests in the spring. It’s right in step with the odds of winning the MegaMillions.
Because, hey, you never know.