Thursday, September 8, 2022

Contrary

Tuesday was a minimum day (so the teachers could prep for Back to School night, which I did not have to attend--yay!). 

Because it was a minimum day, there would be no lunch. Nigel was not happy. 

"Great. No lunch. So, I don't get to eat." 

I pointed out that while we weren't having a lunch period, food services was providing a "grab and go" lunch. It's a sack lunch that students can take with them when they exit the school. (Here in California, all school meals are free to students.)

"Great, now I'll get into trouble for bringing outside food home." 

I mentioned that perhaps he could eat the lunch on the way home, thereby avoiding any of those thorny issues. (I really didn't want to get into why this was a problem, although it probably merits further discussion.) 

Nigel's next complaint was mumbled, something about riding a bike or the bus, so he couldn't eat his lunch while getting home. (The bus driver doesn't allow open food containers on the bus.) 

It was at this point that other students in class chimed in, saying that Nigel was always like this. I could tell. Nigel was determined to be annoyed that we had a minimum day. He did not want to go home early. 

About then was when this whole conversation got interrupted. Another student wanted to use the restroom. 

There is a cool new app that the school is now using for restroom passes. I just got access. I stopped to let the student go. And I thought Nigel and I were done. Nope.

Now Nigel complained about the new app. Why didn't the school get the app earlier? (Not the complaint I was expecting.) I argued that the technology wasn't really right too much before now. But Nigel disagreed. 

At a certain point, you know the discussion isn't going to go anywhere. And this is where I "got busy" doing other stuff. Because there was going to be no pleasing Nigel. Whatever came up, he was going to complain about. 

I suppose it passes the time.

24 comments:

  1. Nigel seems to be quite the complainer! His name sounds kind of familiar. Was he in other stories?

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    1. I don't think I've written about him before. I may have used the name before. (I use aliases for the kiddos.)

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    2. Nigel was Austin Power's father. This is probably not helping the discussion, though.

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  2. Minimum days were something the majority of us lived for. It seems a bit telling that Nigel wasn't into it. :(

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    1. Yeah, that was a concern. Although, there are some students who just don't want to go home. I do keep an ear out for that. I am a mandated reporter.

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    1. Oh yes. He was absent on Tuesday, and the whole group that sits around him was so happy about that.

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    2. DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA.....where there are kids, there is drama.

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    3. Oh yeah. (I should probably be careful. He's right over there right now...)

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  4. There's no pleasing some kids/people. I just smile and nod my head.

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    1. Very true. There's just figuring out a way to gracefully end the conversation.

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  5. Always a complainer.
    Although I would be concerned why he doesn't want to go home or take food into the house.

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    1. Yeah, that worried me a bit. At the moment, I believe it was just a reason to complain. If something else jumps out, I am a mandated reporter...

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  6. I don't know why all school don't offer free lunches
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  7. He might make a good lawyer or a reviewer of something one day.

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  8. Hi Liz - well handled ... take care - Hilary

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  9. This kid will grow up and be an adult complainer never taking responsibility for his actions

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    1. I don't know about that. He strikes me as neurodivergent (maybe on the autism spectrum), so he's just got an interesting way of looking at things.

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  10. I think there's at least one Nigel in every classroom. I wonder why he can't take the food home? If you find out, please share. Lol. I know that seems silly but how weird is it that a kid would get in trouble for taking food home?

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    1. I don't know about *every* classroom, but I have one of them at least once a day.

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  11. I hope there's no nefarious reason why he doesn't want to go home.

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  12. I've met people like this. If he's like this now, he'll probably be the same as a grown adult.

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