Just Write {101}

September 9, 2013


He is explaining the behavior system in his class.

Did I tell you how it works? You start on green and you want to go up. If you go down, you could get in the orange and that’s not good. But if you go up, that’s good. It’s your clips.

Clicks? You go up and down clicks?

No. CliPPPS.

Oh okay, gotcha.

I’m sitting on the edge of his bad and he starts to rub my arm, absent-mindedly. He’s wearing two shirts, even thought I told him he’ll be hot. Oh well. He’s all wrapped up in a hooded blanket too, it’s so soft. The hood has horns on it and eyes that end up on his forehead. It’s a monster hooded blanket. His favorite.

He bites at his fingernail and tells me about his friend who has trouble not moving down into orange which means he could end up one more down and have to write a note to his parents to say what he did.

Do you think about it a lot? I ask him. Is it kind of hard to not talk when you should be quiet for the teacher and to stop playing when you’re supposed to listen?

He nods and his eyes are big in the dark. He keeps biting at his nail.

Well. So far so good, honey. I’m proud of you. I know it’s hard to keep that in mind all day.

I’m staying in the green. His blinks are getting longer.

I suddenly remember his homework and decide we’ll do it in the morning. We say prayers instead and I run my hand over his thick getting-really-long hair. I can see he’s think-think-thinking as I kiss his forehead and tell him goodnight. I love you, Miles.

He nods, turns on his side and disappears a little more into the blankets and the dark.


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Stephanie Precourt September 9, 2013 at 10:14 pm

This could be me and Gray, almost word for word, nail bite for nail bite.
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nicole September 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

I love hearing their perspective on school, especially when they let their guard down.

Kate September 10, 2013 at 10:05 am

This is beautiful. Er, all I could think was – if you do that homework in the morning, you are sooooo going to be late again! (chronic obsessive early on-timer here). :D

Elizabeth @ Rocks, No Salt Mommy September 10, 2013 at 11:45 am

I love the way you always capture the sweetest, tender moments with such amazing visuals for your readers. The description of the hooded blanket made me feel like I was in the room with you. Fabulous. Truly fabulous. Thanks for hosting the hop again this week.
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Thekitchwitch September 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

This made me smile because once the weather gets cooler and M. has to don a jacket, she won’t take it off the entire day. Even her huge, unwieldy winter parka. She wears it. Even in gym class. She did this all last year, even when I was volunteering in her class and asked her if she wanted to take it off. It looked so crazy, the rest of the kids in jeans and sports jerseys and then ParkaPerson. I think her coat provides that extra layer of protection that her little soul needs.

Today was the first jacket day–a rain slicker. On the way to school, M. said, “Hooray, Mama. I’m going to wear this jacket all day.” And I’m sure she will.
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Ann September 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

You are such an incredible mom and person.

Natalie DeYoung September 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm

What an incredibly clear moment! I love the intimacy of it.
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Kat September 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Awww. I just love this. :) What a tender moment.
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Sarah @ Toddler Summer September 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I hope my Miles is as thoughtful. Such a sweet post.

Cynthia | The Hippie Housewife September 10, 2013 at 10:49 pm

What a perfectly captured moment. Beautiful and tender and sweet.
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