So I’m currently working at my job in Cricket and I decided to write this rather than posting a random Facebook update. I remember this like it happened yesterday even though it happened so long ago. I was in my 6th grade class which was taught by a Mrs. Coco. She was an okay teacher from what I can remember. I don’t think she was that great or that bad honestly. She was your run-of-the-mill teacher who did an adequate enough job.
I was a quiet kid back then and the only time my classmates would hear me speak is when I would raise my hand to answer questions. As a result, what transpired was somewhat shocking to my classmates. So Mrs. Coco was taking attendance and going through her list of names until she got to me. She looked right at me and said, “Are you new to my class?” At first, I just looked at her, somewhat dumbfounded, by the question. I thought she was being sarcastic or just trying to be funny in an unusual way. But she kept pressing and asked, “do you speak English?”
I was outraged by the question because half of the year had gone by and she had the nerve to ask me about my English-speaking abilities which was rather absurd. Furthermore, she called me both “Camel” and “Camille” in an attempt to pronounce my name. This was extremely ironic because we had a kid named Jamal in the class and she had no trouble pronouncing his name. So I stood up and said, “My name is Kamal and it’s not that hard to pronounce; do you call Jamal “Jamel” or “Jamille”? The rest of the class just looked on startlingly as they rarely heard my voice, let alone, me raising my voice.
Mrs. Coco promptly recovered from her temporary bout of amnesia and said, ” I’m so sorry Kamal; I have no idea why I forgot who you were.” I still had no idea how to respond to this as I was unnerved by the whole incident. Therefore, I just nodded and we moved on that from that episode.