Jack and the Finger

Jack is one of the students I work with at school. He has myriad of diagnoses and developmental delays. But that is not important here …

This week he learned that raising his middle finger skyward creates a reaction; giggles from his classmates and the attention of adults. He seems delighted with this newly-learned gesture.

I been ignoring it, except for the time I innocently asked him why he kept pointing at the ceiling.

Today I took him down to the office so he could call his mom for his swim trunks he’d forgotten. A dialogue ensued which, judging from his changing expression, was not a friendly one.

He held the phone out at arm’s length and gestured his middle finger at it.

It took all I had not to burst out laughing.


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