22. March 2012 03:36
The high-school musical is one week away from opening night. That means that the Stage Mothers are busily providing a delicious dinner for the entire cast, crew and orchestra every night just before rehearsal. It's a school tradition, and a fun one. I enjoy participating in the Tech Week Dinners, and Ten enjoys coming along for the meal and the chance to hang out with the Big Kids. He sits and eats with the seniors, and after dinner a couple of them head outside with him to kick a soccer ball around until it's time for rehearsal.
It was all fun and games until that soccer ball sailed through a cafeteria window. Fortunately no one was sitting at the nearby tables at that point, or they would have been showered in broken glass. The young man who was playing soccer with my son immediately claimed complete responsibility for the broken window, insisting that there was no way Ten could have kicked the ball hard enough to break a pane of glass.
I spoke with the vice principal and let him know that Ten should share the blame for the breakage, as he was the one who brought the soccer ball to school. As it looks right now, we'll be paying for half the cost of a new window, and I've got a source of "slave labor" as my little boy works off his share of the debt.
Most impressive to me was the maturity of the young man who didn't want to let Ten take any of the blame for the incident, who was willing to shoulder the burden of the damages all by himself, who didn't try to get out of it. It's worth half the cost of a pane of glass to discover that this is the kind of kid that my son is hanging around with for the week.
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