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  • “Why are you late to school every morning,” our secretary asked the two seniors, Bernard and Rose.

    “We live across the street from one another and sometimes we miss our ride. Or our ride is late,” Bernard replies.

    “We live a long way from school, too far to walk,” pipes in Rose.

    “Take the bus.” That’s the secretary’s solution.

    “Well, if we catch our ride, it’s better.”

    “But, you cannot continue to be late to first period. Mr. V is not going to tolerate it and you will spend detention on the football field with him at practice. Got it?”

    Our secretary tells me all this because I have the two seniors later in the day.

    “Who is their ride,” I ask.

    “Don’t know, maybe Bernard's father and he goes to work before they get up or maybe it’s another kid who takes off without them.”

    That conversation took place three days ago. Yesterday the school newspaper comes out, and inside is a big article on Bernard and his fine car that he drives to school every day.
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