She had hoped he would stop and she could pretend that he had never said those things. Because she desperately wanted her math teacher, the teacher who teaches her very favorite subject, to be nice, to be a good person.
It’s upsetting to suddenly go from the altruist or the protagonist to be thrust under the icy salt water. Every place you thought you were strong begins to sting. You realize at once that you were never truly innocent.
Maybe, just maybe, this could be the year that could go down in family history as the year when someone finally tells Uncle Bill to shut it with all hateful rhetoric and have a brave conversation with him.