Too Old Too Soon

A second grader at our school had a couple of wild days. Thursday she got exasperated with a boy in her class, who up until then was her “boyfriend.” Apparently she didn’t want to even hear his voice after she told him they were “breaking up.” When he protested, she hit him. Telling her side of the story after she got in trouble, she put her hand on her hip and waved her hand through the air dismissively, like a miniature scorned woman, “I told him not to talk to me.”

Friday I was with her for an hour. For awhile she was fine, doing some work. Then she got bored. So of course, she wanted to go to the restroom. The classroom has its own small bathroom, and she made a big production number out of dancing over to it, trying to get all attention focused on her. She did some pretty impressive dance moves, laughing at her own cleverness. She closed the bathroom door, and whatever else may have been going on in there, she started singing. She was belting out Christmas ballads in a deep, gravelly voice like a torch singer in a smoky nightclub.

Too old too soon.

That hand on the hip. That laugh. That voice. They will haunt me.

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8 Responses to Too Old Too Soon

  1. Terje says:

    What a character! You made it easy to imagine her in my mind.

  2. Lisa Keeler says:

    Oh wow- what you’ve written makes me want to cry and giggle all at the same time. Yes- too old too soon.

  3. Jaana says:

    Oh, I can just imagine!

  4. mcoop1st says:

    Kids are always in their own little worlds!! I wonder what she was thinking?

  5. arjeha says:

    She would make a great character in a book.

  6. Alice Nine says:

    You make me laugh at her antics and and feel sad for her at the same time. Well-written!

  7. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    She sounds a little be like Junie B. Jones! Ha!

  8. carwilc says:

    She definitely sounds like a woman to be reckoned with. I think I might have a couple of her older sisters in sixth grade.

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