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Me, by Jenn

There's Graphite in my Thumb!

Posted on 2010.09.23 at 13:50
I went to first grade at the Deerfield School on Deerfield Avenue in Westwood, Massachusetts. My first grade year was from September, 1966 to June, 1967. My teacher was Mrs. Burke. I don't remember her well. I remember she was older. I remember the layout of the classroom I was in. To this day, when I come over a bit Dyslexic, I remind myself that "Left is toward the windows" even though I haven't been in that classroom for over 40 years. During the fall of 1966, Mrs. Burke lost her temper with the number of students who were moving around in the classroom. I was a clumsy little boy, and, while she was yelling at us to keep still, I dropped my pencil on the floor. I had to get out of my chair to pick it up (which I had to do to be able to do my work) and as I rose to re-take my seat, she stormed over, grabbed my shoulders, and shoved me into the chair I was headed for anyway. The pencil hit my desk, jamming the point into the joint of my thumb, and smapping it off there. I complained, and was given a band-aid. "Look, it's not even bleeding!" I was told. I said, "The point of the pencil is still inside my thumb!" But not one person ever paid attention to me, so there, 44 years later, it sits inside my thumb. See the dark grey spot in the crease of the joint? That's a 44-year-old pencil lead. I hope it's not giving me graphite poisoning.
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A close-up view of the graphite.

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Monica Rose
carose59 at 2010-09-23 18:50 (UTC) (Link)

I'm paying attention.

You have been so brave go carry that graphite around with you all these years, never complaining. I admire your courage.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2010-09-23 18:52 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'm paying attention.

I can only bear my burden with such dignity as I have available.
auntlynnie at 2010-09-23 18:57 (UTC) (Link)
Oh... Em... GEE!

I have graphite in my ARM from second grade since 1975/6 (second grade). Got stabbed waiting in line at the sharpener. Went to the school nurse, who said it was just as if the graphite had WRITTEN on me... it's not embedded. It'll go away in a few weeks.

I'm 40. It's still there. I'm pretty damn sure that I have graphite in my arm.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2010-09-23 19:02 (UTC) (Link)
We. The few, the proud, the Graphite Army, possibly slowly evolving into cyborg killing machines.
auntlynnie at 2010-09-23 21:22 (UTC) (Link)
ROFL! Makes me think of the 'Droid commercial for Verizon Wireless where the guy's fingers start turning to liquid metal...
cyclonejuliet at 2010-09-23 21:01 (UTC) (Link)
"it's just a flesh wound"

I have sustained an injury only yesterday morning when a steak knife in my dishwasher attempted to stab me in the finger - it now hurts to type.

maybe you could sue the horrible Mrs Burke - or perhaps her relatives for the ongoing pain, suffering and disfigurement that you have had to endure.
Monica Rose
carose59 at 2010-09-23 21:30 (UTC) (Link)
Or at least exact revenge on them when you've become a cyborg killing machine.
cyclonejuliet at 2010-09-23 22:04 (UTC) (Link)
always good to have a goal!
heron_pose at 2010-09-23 22:13 (UTC) (Link)
I, for one, admire your willpower. I would've been diggin in there with exacto-knives, needles (perhaps sterilized) and whatever else I could get my hands on ....

You just have a little grey spot. I would have amputated the terminal joint by now.

Edited at 2010-09-23 10:14 pm (UTC)
louboutin at 2010-09-24 04:30 (UTC) (Link)
I agree with this 100%
amythis at 2010-09-24 15:54 (UTC) (Link)
OMG, you're Harry! "I must not tell lies."
ashaherazade at 2010-10-05 01:34 (UTC) (Link)
Okay so how come you haven't ever decided (given the dyslexia) that Right is for Graphite? I made do with having a major surgery after having a tendon ripped open on my right hand at age 5. Personally I like your way better.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2010-10-05 01:39 (UTC) (Link)
Okay so how come you haven't ever decided (given the dyslexia) that Right is for Graphite?

It would have been redundant, because my left hand is toward the window.
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