Yesterday All-a-Boy left his math book at school. And he had to have his math book, because if he didn't do his homework he wouldn't get any "Brooks Bucks" from his teacher, and we couldn't have that now, could we?
So we went back to the school to collect his math book. And as we were leaving he said, "Mom, I am curious about an interesting little button in the vicinity of the plaque in the school's front entrance." (He really talks like that - I'm not making this up!) So I said, "Show me." And he did. And as much as the rascal in me wanted to push the button to see what it did, I suggested he ask about it in the front office. So he did.
"What button?" the secretary asked. "There is no black button in the front entrance."
"Yes, it is in the vicinity of the plaque," All-a-Boy answered. We all walked out to investigate.
"So it is." Mrs. Secretary said. "I have worked here for 11 years and I never knew there was a black button there." She asked the other secretary, who had also never seen it, then told All-a-Boy "I will ask someone what it is for and report back to you tomorrow afternoon."
"By the way," All-a-Boy added, "there is one of those black buttons at every doorway in the school."
I wondered how many things I have right in front of me everyday that I don't notice - or take for granted. As I looked a little closer at things today I realized there are more than I care to admit.
All-a-Boy found out today that the mysterious black buttons were an old intercom system built into the school that were never used, so they are now disabled.
I found out that I have a very observant kid - but what's new?
Thanks for changing the world, All-a-Boy - one adult at a time.