STORY: DRIVEN UP THE WALL

Narrative | classroom-ready

Meet Jill’s boss. Difficult, impossible to satisfy, mean micromanaging menace of a manager.

Meet Jill. Sweet by nature, pushed to the extreme, driven up the wall by constant control of her movements and unkind (or just plain rude) emails, and conversations stopping mid-sentence once she enters the room.

Time: early afternoon.

Place: office toilet cubicle.

Jill’s hiding inside, trying to compose herself.

Her boss is just outside the door, freshening her makeup while complaining to someone on the other side of the phone call how useless she finds Jill, unaware of Jill’s eavesdropping.

“Enough is enough.”, the boss hisses into her mobile.

“Enough is enough!”, thinks Jill and makes a decision that will change her life forever.

Later that day Jill repeats “Enough is enough!” one more time under her breath while clutching the baseball bat even tighter to make the first strike really count.

When Jill leaves the cubicle having wiped her tears of anger, her boss is for once silenced by the awkwardness of the situation. Jill, on the other hand, nods in her direction as if to say hello and leaves the restroom with a wide smile on her face.

 

Levels:

B2, C1, C2

 

Juicy language bits:

to do something consequence free

to be driven up the wall

alarming

troubling

stress levels

to be stressed out

release one’s anger

to serve as a proxy

to be better off (doing something)

calm-inducing

 

Story inspiration | text for the classroom:

Click here: Americans are so stressed they’re paying to destroy rooms full of stuff

 

Photo: Yan Ots, unsplash.com

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