Byline: Chelle LaFleur — Soul in School


Those of you who remember my recent introduction of Soul Bendorff have been wondering just why I felt the need to create him. Here’s your answer. This was inspired by a true story.

Lately, new people been contactin’ Chelle. Seems there’s more goin’ on in the music world that has nothin’ to do with shows and new CDs and all the musical goodness we be used to.

Chelle’s thinkin’ this is some good stuff that’s happenin’, even if it’s got to do with someone Chelle wouldn’ta thunk of. That’s probably good, too. Even Chelle needs her eyes opened every once in awhile.

It’s them schools up in Riverview that’re behind this. The same schools that educated our four favorite boys in ShapeShifter. Seems they’re smart enough to understand that people’re pouring into Riverview right about now, and all because they want to get close to where the latest music revolution began.

Them educators in Riverview know this. They thought they’d praise one of the influences of ShapeShifter. They want to remind their teachers to get off their duffs and open their eyes. Try new things that’ll benefit not just their kids, but every last body in the world.

They put pictures of Soul Bendorff all over the schools. The administration offices, their mission statements, even the stuff to hang in the schools. They want the teachers and the students to think beyond.

That’s a good idea. Chelle thinks everyone oughta think beyond.

Of course, not everyone be seein’ things the way Chelle does. There’s been some people who think that a drunk like Soul Bendorff ain’t the best role model for the kids of Riverview. They been openin’ their mouths and soundin’ off.

The school answered them by sayin’ that Soul was brave enough to be a revolutionary. That if he was a kid today, maybe the way things is right this second, with everyone so uptight about every last thing, Soul woulda turned out different. Maybe sober. Maybe with a minimum wage job and a lot of regrets.

By usin’ Soul as an example, they say, they’re pushin’ kids to be different. To think big and reach for something great. To think about the tragedy that Soul turned into, drinkin’ himself to death and all the way he did. Greatness takes discipline, they say. The school ought to be teachin’ their kids both greatness and discipline.

You heard it first and you heard it here: Them schools in Riverview are aimin’ to be every bit as revolutionary as Soul himself was. Chelle’s so into it, she’s thinkin’ of movin’ out there and goin’ back to high school, herself.



  1. Alice Audrey

    June 20, 2009 1:58 pm

    Ahhh! Now I get it. I’m looking forward to more on Soul.

    Alice Audrey’s last blog post..Temptation

  2. Julia Smith

    June 20, 2009 2:33 pm

    I always like Chelle’s posts, Susan. She’s very passionate.

    Julia Smith’s last blog post..Celebrating My Step Mom on Her Birthday

  3. Dee

    June 21, 2009 7:16 pm

    The new E.F. Hutton – when Chelle speaks – everyone should listen!

    Carry On Tuesday #5 and SS #168

    Dee’s last blog post..Sunday Scribbling Vision and Carry On Tuesday #5

  4. texasblu

    June 21, 2009 11:00 pm

    Good for Chelle – she’s got a mind, and follows it.

    texasblu’s last blog post..Joey, welcome to the stage. I have your voice.

  5. Bobkat

    June 22, 2009 2:40 pm

    If only more people were as passionate as Chelle. To go beyond, I like that and schools should certainly be encouraging that kind of thinking in all areas!

    BTW – sorry I haven’t visited much. I am not doing so well in my real life and haven’t been blogging much at all 🙁

    Bobkat’s last blog post..Soooo tired

  6. Thomma Lyn

    June 24, 2009 12:56 am

    Three cheers for the Riverview schools and for Chelle. And three more cheers for going beyond — and for teaching kids to think big and reach for something wonderful and out-of-the-ordinary. 🙂

    Thomma Lyn’s last blog post..Happy Summer!

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