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All in a Day’s Work


The new busboy was just 16, and because it was his first job, we were all impressed with how well he had done on his first day. Which is why we were surprised the next day when he didn’t show up for his shift. Then, an hour late, he came running in, red-faced and breathless. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” he said. “I forgot I had a job.” —Joy Massey Albany, Oregon

I was in my patrol car by a blinking red light— the equivalent of a stop sign—when I watched an elderly man drive straight through without even slowing down. I quickly hit the siren and pulled him over. “Why did you drive through the red light?” I asked him.

“I didn’t,” he said. “I saw you.”

He shook his head. “I went through between the blinks.” —Robert Marklin Algonac, Michigan

Former ambassador Richard Holbrooke was a brilliant but polarizing figure, Walter Isaacson wrote in the New York Times Book Review. “When someone once commented that [Holbrooke] was his own worst enemy, a national security advisor he had worked with snapped, ‘Not as long as I’m around.’”

One of my math students got his hand caught in a go-cart chain and lost a third of his finger. He missed a few days of class. When he returned, I asked if his injury hindered him in any way. He was surprising­ly upbeat.

“No, it actually helps me,” he said. “Now

I can work fractions.” —Larry Weathers Benton, Kentucky

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