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Good Behavior?

K.K. kicks, hits, pinches, pushes, shoves, whines, and talks back — and those are his better traits. There is a “Good Behavior” campaign in full swing in our school and kids — especially at recess — are being given certificates of merit for acts of kindness and responsibility. Everyone in our classroom has at least one — except K.K.

Ms. Cher said, “K.K. is a brat. I can’t even think of a situation we could set up to help him earn one.”

I said, “What are you talking about? K.K. earned 20 just today.”

Everybody turned around to look at me. Ms. Alyce exclaimed, “What?! Ged’oud’da’here! No way!”

Ms. Jewls laughed. “K.K. Klimber is cute and one of my favorites, but even I know there’s no way he earned a good behavior voucher.”

Ms. Cher gave me that look. “What did he do?” She demanded.

“He ordered me to tie his shoelace,” I said. “”Then, when I finished, before he ran off to play, he took my face in his hands and told told me — for the second day in a row — that I am, “Pretty, pretty.” That’s got to be worth at least 20 vouchers.”

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. You tied his shoelace ON DEMAND??? No “pretty please with macadamia nuts on top”??? No WONDER he has to sweet talk his way into a voucher!

  2. Oddly enough though, I could make a case for him earning one off that. It’s one of those situations where none of the other kids might earn for something as rude as that, but you have to look at each kid individually. If he’s truly that much of a- ahem, challenge- then maybe paying a compliment is his act of kindness. Catch ’em being good, you know?

  3. Melli — of course I had him say please, but the way he says it is even less polite than his, “Charry tie my shoe.”

    Brig — yeah, they decided he could have ONE. What a jyp.

    SN — that’s it in a nutshell. He’s the cutest kid in the class — maybe even the whole school.

    Dr. John — he is. Now, what’s he going to do with them?

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