I have noticed that teachers get exciting confused with boring a lot. But when my teacher said, "Class, we have an exciting project to talk about," I listened anyway.
"Our school is going to raise money for the big spring trip," he said. "The first and second grades are going to hold a bake sale.
The fifth and sixth grades are going to have a car wash. And the third and fourth grades are going to . . . put on a talent show!"
All the kids in the room made sounds as if they thought a talent show was exciting news.
Except me, because it was N-O-T, not. But okay, fine, it wasn’t boring, either.
Just then, Margaret’s teacher came to the door to talk to my teacher, which was good because it gave me an extra minute to think.
"Old people love to pat my little brother’s head," I said when my teacher walked back into the room.
"How about we set up a booth and charge them a quarter to do it, instead of having a talent show?"
But he ignored me, which is called Getting on with the Day when a teacher does it, and Being Inconsiderate when a kid does it.
"Class," he said, "one of the fourth graders has come up with a name for our show! Talent-Palooza, Night of the Stars!" It had to be that Margaret. "First, we’ll need a cooperative group to make some posters. . . ." my teacher said.