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Kennedy’s death shattered naiveté of baby boomers

By Cynthia Oi

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 21, 2013

Mrs. DeMello wasn’t in place that day. She usually stood to the side of her desk at the front of the classroom, a few feet from the door. She was a stern woman, her morning greeting a curt nod as we filed past, giving her students the once-over to make sure the girls’ skirts weren’t too short, the boys’ shirts buttoned near their throats. I don’t think we made much of her absence as the minutes ticked away, caught up as we were in a teenager’s narrow world.

Mrs. DeMello wasn’t in place that day. She usually stood to the side of her desk at the front of the classroom, a few feet from the door.

She was a stern woman, her morning greeting a curt nod as we filed past, giving her students the once-over to make sure the girls’ skirts weren’t too short, the boys’ shirts buttoned near their throats. I don’t think we made much of her absence as the minutes ticked away, caught up as we were in a teenager’s narrow world. Login for more...



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