Today was a weird day.
I walked Phoenix and Kale to school, just like normal. I left them outside in the lines with their teachers, just like normal. And I walked home, just like normal.
When I got home I cozied up with a good book, Eclipse. (Yes, it's like my 10th time reading it, but it never gets old to me.)
After a couple pages I saw someone out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was just John in the hallway but it wasn't. I looked over and Phoenix and Kale walked into my room.
My first thought was, "Who in the hell walked you guys home?"
After a couple questions the story came out. Pretty much as soon as I turned my back Kale found his brother, latched onto him and wouldn't let go. He was screaming and crying and he refused to go into the school. Phoenix was confused and didn't know what he was supposed to do, so he walked back home to get me.
I yelled at Kale and told him he was grounded off video games for a day, a fate worse than death.
I walked them back to school. While we were walking I told Phoenix that if this ever happened again to GO FIND A FREAKIN' TEACHER. To NEVER leave the school without myself or Amoo and to never, never, ever walk home alone again.
We live in East Denver Gang-land for cryin' out loud! (I think I aged about ten years today.)
I told Kale that if he ever did this again I would take all the video games, and the systems that they plug into, and sell them. He promised he would never do it again and pretty much cried the whole way back to school. I explained what had happened to the teachers and they promised to keep an eye on Kale to keep this from happening again.
I suppose this was bound to happen sooner or later. I was the world's worst child and I can expect no less from my little demons.
Amoo said something that both comforted and filled me with dread at the same time, "At least they didn't light anything on fire."
Later - BD