By Robert Deluty
At the supermarket,
The retired college counselor
Runs into a former student
Named Bethany who came to see him
Only once — when she threatened suicide
Believing she had failed her Econ I final.
Bethany thanks him profusely, noting
That his kindness, wisdom, and perspective
Might well have saved her life that day.
After accepting her gratitude and
Exchanging pleasantries, the counselor inquires
About the grade she received on the exam.
I was afraid you’d ask, she replies. I got an A.