Langston Hughes

“I was unhappy for a long time, and very lonesome, living with my grandmother. Then it was that books began to happen to me, and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books — where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.”
~From his autobiography, “The Big Sea.”

I was more than thrilled today to substitute teach for high school freshmen classes reading the short story, “Thank You, M’am,” by Langston Hughes.  Reading his words set me right at home. “You got another thought coming,” and “I got a mind to…” I think I can hear my mama hollering to come in for supper right about now! Kansas in my mind.


4 thoughts on “Langston Hughes

    1. She tells him to clean his face, gives him food and a piece of her mind! Returning good for evil. The boy was so stunned that he couldn’t even mutter, “Thank you, Ma’am.” 😃

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