March #SOL16 Day 10
I see him walking down the street after school.
That tuft of red hair stands out from a mile away.
“Hey, how’s it going?”, I ask, barely getting my window rolled all the way down.
He turns and moves toward my car quickly, taking out his ear buds.
“Good. I’m going over to my friend’s house. I miss you.”
This kid. He always knows just what to say to get right to my heart.
“Well, I’ve missed you, too. I heard that things went well with you on Monday.”
“How did you hear that?” he looks perplexed.
“I asked Mrs. Hamilton. I always ask about you. I want to know how you are even when you’re not seeing me – I think about you.”
I see a knowing in his eyes. He believes that I really do mean what I say. I know he’s not used to that with many of the adults in his life.
I reach out my hand to touch his.
“Have fun and stay out of trouble.”
He reaches back.
I filled his bucket. As difficult and angry as this kid can be, that was one of the simplest five minute interactions of my entire day.
My bucket is filled also.