Abdul Ali

The Annual Overnight Faculty Retreat

It is the annual overnight faculty retreat. The students are outside surrounding a glowing fire pit.       


There are kabob sticks stabbing marshmallows. Campy songs. Raucous laughter. You are inside


an Abercrombie & Fitch print ad except you aren’t in the photograph. Nearby are the cabins where the


faculty struggles to stay up with the teenagers. The principal has begun an impromptu round of


icebreakers.  She turns to you and asks, “Have you ever been arrested?” The room grows quiet.           


You respond, “Is that some kind of stereotype?” A coworker suggests we play the alphabet game.