I am supposed to leave these kids for 8 weeks?

A boy came in with hives today, and I asked if I could call home:
"Is there anyone at home we can call?"
"Well I don't want to call my dad because he's frustrated."
"Why is he frustrated?"
"Yesterday he found out he can't go to my brother's wedding so he started drinking."
"And he's still drinking, since yesterday?"
"Yeah, I don't want to call him."

I don't blame you, little one. :(


  1. That's terrible. How little is little?

    What a terrible burden for any child to be faced with.

  2. This kid was in the lower grades of my elementary school, maybe 2nd or 3rd grade. Too little to be dealing with this, though I'm not sure being bigger would make it any better.