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March 28, 2015
Things.

On the first day of first grade, the teacher asked the class to gather in the back of the classroom. She said she'd call the students in alphabetical order for the seating arrangement. Katrina was second to be called. The teacher said "Bring your things." Katrina froze because she didn't know what "things" meant. She honestly didn't.

The teacher sensed this, and pointed to Katrina's plastic envelope perched on one of the tables. The six-year-old heaved a sigh of relief. For a few seconds, she was scared people would laugh because she didn't know how to speak English.