Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Mechanic's Apprentice


He's young, perhaps thirteen or fourteen, and probably went to school for a few years. He's from a relatively poor family and the public schools here are fairly appalling. The class sizes are huge, the teachers are untrained, and discipline is fierce. Many of the children give up long before they finish school and apprentice themselves to tradesmen and skilled workers to learn a profession. One can hardly blame them.

4 comments:

faye said...

Sounds so familiar.
While working in Saudi Arabia
in the 70's, I married a young Lebanese lad that led a similar
life. A few years later even his
younger brother went the same route.

Really enjoy your blog. Most of it reminds me of the happy times during
my 10 years in the mid-east. Fortunately my mind doesn't dwell on any of the bad times.

faye said...

The blog matawah ate my comment

Dina said...

The boy does have the face of a little man.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

Faye's mutawah...

Actually, no. But maybe Blogger was being slow about getting it posted.