a copher in the snow
Trace on Snow

“Price is what you pay.
Value is what you get.”
– Warren Buffett

There is life on every level, defined not by the level of interest – which is the epitome of relative – but by the death of a little boy, valued at zero while living, yet his memory rocks a ten.


by Adele


inspired by the quora question: 
How interesting must your life be, before you can make a blog out of it?

a copher in the snow

written & edited by Kendall F. Person

In the early 1980s, a short film titled A Cipher in the Snow was circulated throughout the US Public Education System. I viewed it as a freshman in a remarkable English class, taught by a remarkable English teacher (shout out to Mr. Lawrence Bardeaux). Three decades later, the powerful meaning and message, remain a part of me.

A Cipher in the Snow centered around a young, elementary school-aged boy, who had figuratively become invisible to the world. He was raised in an abusive home, although the abuse was not aimed at him. But the alcoholism and continual fighting between his parents, left literally no time to raise their son.

He had no friends, not even one, often showed swinging alone in the middle of an action-packed recess play. His existence did not even raise the interest of school yard bullies, and he was primed for picking. So incredibly center-of-the pack, far from a good student, but equally distanced from a class clown, that none – not one – of his teachers ever called upon him to answer questions or solve problems. He was there, we saw him and so did they, but his life drew no interest, even as it began to fade away.

Then one day, he stood from his seat on a crowded elementary school bus, walked directly to the driver and asked to be let off. Defying every safety measure or ounce of common sense, the bus driver pulled to the side of the road, opened the door wide, allowing our cipher to de-board, where he dropped dead in the snow.

Had blogging existed, this young boy would certainly have not believed his life would be of interest to anyone, not even to thee. And yet, a short film about his life remains on par with Animal Farm and The Lottery as the most hauntingly interesting films I have ever seen within the institution of American Public Education.

The true trailblazing spirit of blogging is that it provides everyone a platform to record the days of our lives, automatically giving interest, even if only for a party of one.

Kendall F. Person
Creator of The Neighborhood

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