For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: brace.
My sister was an extroverted feeler.
In fourth grade, she started getting sick a lot. My mother noticed a pattern. My sister was sick on Monday. She was avoiding school like crazy.
My parents were having difficulty figuring it out. EF’s grades were great. She was unhappy.
Then my parents went to a parent teacher conference.
My mother told this story: “The teacher said that EF came to her desk and asked to borrow a paper clip. Later, she came and asked to borrow a second paperclip. The teacher then produced the two paper clips. “Your daughter made braces with the paperclips. For her teeth!” The paperclips were bent.
“Um. Don’t you think that is sort of creative?” asked my mother.
“No.” said the teacher.
My mother would laugh telling the story and say, “After that, I pretty much let EF miss every Monday. I would not have wanted to go to school with that teacher either.”