My granddaughter, Teka (her nickname), has been getting into trouble at school lately. It's the usual stuff that first graders do - talking too much and not listening. In her defense, the past few weeks have been full of upsets and changes. There were the bad storms and the power outage and having to go out of town. There's a new baby at home. Teka was also worried about her cousin that was having a tonsillectomy. She's a little worrywart. It's the end of the year and the children are getting antsy by now. Teka is usually well-behaved. She loves to read and is the typical older child, shouldering the responsibilities of big sisterhood. She has landed on "Yellow" before, but after a couple of days on "Yellow", my daughter made her write a note to her teacher, apologizing for her behavior.
"Nobody else has to do this," she remarked through tears.
"But what if you had to go to the Principal's office?" my daughter asked.
"But you don't go to the Principal's office until you're on "Red" and I was only on "Yellow."