He peered up at me with those irresistible eyes that were so dark, they were nearly black. “Mom, I moved my clip today.”
“What? Are you serious? This has got to stop! What this time?”
“I ah- I hit someone.” He looked down at the ground, reluctantly forcing the truth out.
“That’s it, Joey. I will NOT stand for you bullying. No TV for a week!” I shook my head. What am I doing wrong? How do I teach compassion?
“But nothing. Go to your room.”
“Hey Joey! Wait up! I got something for ya!”
“Uuurrrch!” I slammed on my brakes, and spun my feet into reverse. “Squeak!” I stopped in front of him.
“Here.” Jack held out a piece of hard candy. It was gooey and red. It looked clean. I popped it in my mouth.
“Thanks!” Jack is my friend. He is the only one on the playground that can run as fast as me.
“Ooh!” Something wiggled in the dirt. I had to get a better look. A firefly! Cool! I stuck my finger in front of it and it climbed on for a ride. I made a tunnel over it with my hands and looked inside the hole I made between my thumb and pointer. It flashed green!
“Jack, check it out! It’s shooting lightening from its butt!” I laughed and let him look through the peep hole.
“So what? It’s just a bug.” Suddenly Jack smacked my hands apart and the firefly dropped to the ground.
It didn't fly. Is it hurt? Then he stepped on it and shot its green guts everywhere!
For a second, I couldn't breathe. I wanted to scream! Or cry? I decided to scream.
“Stupid! You killed it!” My voice sounded funny. I was so mad! I swung my arm around and smacked him in the shoulder. I hate Jack!
“Joseph!” The teacher called. “Get inside this minute, young man!”