follow the leader

Last week was a tough week. Two phone calls from two different teachers in regard to Ren’s behavior. A chat with the bus driver, and a note send home from Ren’s substitute. Apparently this child talks without raising his hand, and sings aloud in class, eats paste, rolls around on the floor, doesn’t share toys, chews gum from the bus floor, and touches everything, and the teachers want me to talk to him about this behavior because in their words, “Ren is such a leader that the other children are following his example instead of listening to the teachers.” I don’t know if I need to be proud or appalled.
Kat Groshong, April 15, 2016

On the way home from school, in an usually quiet moment, Ren blurts out, “I know how to draw a penis.”
—April 25, 2016
This morning B was packing Ren’s backpack for school. He turned to me and said, “It smells like a dog in here.”
-May 16, 2016