Messing Up Any Future Prospects

, , , , | Right | August 24, 2018

(The school groups coming to our history park usually leave lots of trash and litter behind; many kids don’t seem to care. Therefore, picking up the litter is part of the daily routine. On a normal school day, we start with it after the gladiator show in the arena. This day, however, a group of three boys has left an extreme amount of litter on their bank in the arena. When everyone is leaving the arena, my colleagues and I notice this.)

Me: *quietly, to my colleague* “I wish I could have caught them. I would have made them clean the entire arena.”

(I leave the arena to take off my Roman armour and come back to the arena to join my colleague with picking up the litter.)

Colleague: “Those boys came back, you know. They forgot something.”

Me: “Really? So sad I missed them.”

Colleague: “Oh, I asked them to clean up their own mess. But then their teacher arrived and said, ‘Hey, hurry up; we have to get to the bus.’”

Me: “And what did you say?”

Colleague: “I said they were cleaning up the mess they made. But then she said, ‘But that’s why you are here, isn’t it?’ And she left with them.”

(If teachers teach kids it’s okay to throw around your trash and let others clean it up for you, I’m really worried about the future of this world.)

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