- And water.
I'm a simple man.
I felt bad for her.
(As I gulped from my own water bottle.)
Hey, she made me thirsty.
Koreans don't ever drink water.
When I ask how they are, "How are you today?"
sometimes students say, "Teacher, I'm thirsty."
I say, "Go get some water."
But I know they won't.
They don't ever go get some water.
Actually, drinking water for students (and teachers) is rather inaccessible. The only place to fill up is in the cafeteria, the doors of which are locked around 3 PM, before school ends 1.5 hours later.
But my thirst propels me forward.
I wanted to give them all water.
I realized today, I want to give all children water.
I gave up and walked the room, joining in on the chant my co-teacher was leading, "Pencil-case. Pencil-case. It's my pencil-case."
Another minute of ice rattling against plastic.
I'm gonna do it this time. I opened my bottle at her desk and poured a lid-full into hers. She downed it.
I walked to the back of the room.
A boy stretches his bottle toward me.
Surely, our next world wars will be fought over access to clean and affordable drinking water.