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An (ultimately) heartwarming tale for Easter : The Unvanishing Boy

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silence1969 Sun 16-Apr-17 08:16:22

Hope you enjoy!

https://betateacherblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/the-unvanishing-boy/

silence1969 Sun 16-Apr-17 09:24:51

smile

silence1969 Sun 16-Apr-17 10:15:20

grin

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Sun 16-Apr-17 10:18:11

Why do you keep bumping this? confused

silence1969 Sun 16-Apr-17 10:58:46

"Keep"? Have done it twice. So that people can see it. Not ok?

Pinkandwhiteblossoms Sun 16-Apr-17 11:00:38

In the nicest possible way OP I didn't find it heartwarming. I found it mawkish and boring. I didn't post in order to say that because it would be rude but since you have bumped it twice I assume you do want opinions.

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Sun 16-Apr-17 11:00:57

Did you write it?

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Sun 16-Apr-17 11:02:18

And no - it's not generally considered necessary to bump every hour or so confused

silence1969 Sun 16-Apr-17 11:07:14

Yes I wrote it. Opinions are good but it's as much about the message as anything. So if you didn't like, no worries!

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Sun 16-Apr-17 11:09:58

TBH it's not that great and it's a little depressing

But perhaps if you don't keep bumping it, people might be a bit more positive

Pinkandwhiteblossoms Sun 16-Apr-17 11:14:32

Well, did you want views on your writing or a chance to virtue signal?

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Sun 16-Apr-17 11:18:25

I think it's for virtue signalling purposes grin

The wording is way too flowery

The subject is depressing

And I don't think people are allowed to promote their blogs outside the correct section

JigglyTuff Sun 16-Apr-17 11:23:18

This is the second man that's come onto MN this weekend to share his heartwarming blog with us.

Maudlinmaud Sun 16-Apr-17 11:24:51

I also found it utterly depressing Craig.

Pinkandwhiteblossoms Sun 16-Apr-17 11:26:33

Is it not the same one?

Anyway with regard to this blog I think the lack of responses are because most people found it dull and a bit pointless. It wasn't even a parable but just a ramble of quiet kid with parents who have the audacity to work and wants to die and then doesn't because another kid sits next to him, or something.

I don't like it because it's boring but I also think the underlying message is weird. We should sit next to quiet people in case they commit suicide, or something? confused

70ontheinside Sun 16-Apr-17 11:30:05

So what's the message, who is your audience? You're a teacher, you should be well aware of the "invisible middle".

oldbirdy Sun 16-Apr-17 11:33:34

I rather liked it. My ds could have vanished, if it wasn't for a few persistent friends. Thanks op.

silence1969 Sun 16-Apr-17 11:33:44

All too aware.

silence1969 Sun 16-Apr-17 11:36:15

Thank you oldbirdy. It's nice that someone has got it and enjoyed!

Pinkandwhiteblossoms Sun 16-Apr-17 11:37:01

So is it that those who didn't like it didn't get it?

silence1969 Sun 16-Apr-17 11:38:29

No Pink. Not at all. Everyone's entitled
to an opinion.

exWifebeginsat40 Sun 16-Apr-17 11:39:25

colon is not semicolon. 3/10 see me.

Pinkandwhiteblossoms Sun 16-Apr-17 11:43:08

I think the overall point was completely swamped amid the prose.

I also think the point was a bit weak. It was unclear whether the criticism was aimed at the boys parents, teachers or classmates.

It's a very tenuous and I would go as far as to suggest ludicrous link between someone being isolated at school going onto take their life years later. Suicide in young men is a real and worrying problem. But many suicide victims are not the silent souls promoted by your blog. Many appear sociable and happy.

There was no suggestion (and I notice you posted this in child mental health) that perhaps this young man was clinically depressed - maybe this was meant to be subliminal but even so, I hate, loathe and detest this idealism in existence nowadays that severe mental health problems can be 'cured' by being 'kind.' Ugh!

silence1969 Sun 16-Apr-17 11:47:46

Some
Fair and interesting points Pink. I don't disagree with some of the things you've said. Thanks for your thoughts.

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Sun 16-Apr-17 11:47:52

And is there only value in people if they have a load of friends?

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