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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