Tuesday, November 6, 2018

World's oldest youngster?

I glanced from my book to see a kid board the bus. He looked in age fairly new to the realm of double digits. He wore a red and heather hoodie and high socks to just below his knees; had a slim, black Under Armour pack slung over both shoulders; carried a zippered binder by its handle in his left hand.

Outside, it was raining steadily, lightly.

"You like this kind of weather?" the bus driver asked the boy.

Conditioned by my experiences working with middle-schoolers, I braced for the boy's mumbled one-word answer. What he said instead was, "I do, yes, but sitting out in it isn't all that pleasant. I like the dreariness of it."

6 comments:

  1. Oh how I love this. I hope that my newly-minted 10-year-old will someday provide such an amazing response. Excellent

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  2. Makes you want to hear more. I love to be surprised.

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  3. Oh, this is a perfect slice! I love reading these observations, especially about sometimes liking the dreariness!

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  4. Ha ha! I, too love listening in on student conversations They say the best things! Two weeks ago, I heard a boy confess to his book club that he'd finished the book ahead of schedule because is was such a rainy weekend he stayed in his pjs and read all day.

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  5. Oh, he sounds like an interesting soul. Your comment about one-word responses from middle schoolers made me laugh. I'm sure the same is true, maybe even more so, for high schoolers! I actually was surprised by the bus driver's question more than anything!

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  6. Eavesdropping on random conversations is a favorite pass-time of mine when I am in public. The one you had the privilege of over hearing was indeed remarkable. Most of the time I am disappointed in young adults addressing elders but sometimes,,,,I hear the most wonderful things. What a wonderful slice you were blessed to hear.

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