The halls were quiet at River’s Peak Elementary School. As the clock struck 12, the bells rang, and the halls filled with students hurrying to their lockers to get their lunch. Carillon came out into the hall. “Slow down.” She warned her students as they ran through the halls.
Justin was standing at his locker with a pensive look on his face. He opened his locker grabbed his lunch and then slammed it shut.
Carillon was watching him and thinking this was such an odd behavior for him. He is such happy boy. Cari wondered what could be wrong. She went over to him but he headed outside with the rest of his class before she reached him.
She headed back to her room to get her lunch but she was still wondering about Justin. She looked out the window and saw a peculiar sight. Outside Justin sat on a bench with his lunch, while the rest of his class sat on the grass eating, talking and playing. Why is he sitting by himself?
Carillon walked outside with her lunch and walked over to her class to check on them, and then she went over to Justin. “Are you feeling okay? Don’t you normally sit over there,” points to his friends, “with your friends.”
Justin looked up at her, “I’m fine. I didn’t want to that’s all.”
“You know I can tell something’s bothering you. I saw you slam your locker and now you’re sitting by yourself. That’s not like you.” Carillon sat down next to him brushed her hair out of her face. She was not going to give up.
He sighs, “Fine, we have this project. We’re supposed to do our family tree.” He doesn’t want to upset her. “But I don’t have one. My parents, they didn’t care about me. I don’t even know their names.”
“Oh Justin, I’m so sorry. I don’t know a lot about them.” She wished that he would consider Luke and her to be his family. “If you like, would you consider doing your project on our family? You know Luke and I consider you family. We think of you as our son.”
Justin looks up “I guess,” he shrugged.
“Tell you what, I’ll see what I can find out about your parents for you. How does that sound?”
He looks up, “You would do that?
“I would. Justin I love you. Luke and I want you to be happy.”
“Thank you.” He said but he was still lost in thought.
She smiled as she got up. “You’re welcome.”