Seth does not particularly like school. He finds it boring at times and can’t quite sit still. However, 4th grade was an interesting school year for him. He had a teacher, Mr. Morrison, whom he nicknamed “Mo Betta” (as in more better). Mr. Mo, as the other kids called him, did not mind Seth’s nickname for him at all. He was a free spirited teacher and fortunately seemed to understand Seth’s personality. During that school year Seth frequently came home with amusing stories about his day. There are two experiences he had that year that stand out from the rest.
He came in the door one afternoon after school yelling that he had won a contest at school. When his mom asked him what the contest was, he replied, “A worm eating contest that we had at recess.” Disgusted, she asked him how many worms he ate, and he said just one. No one else would eat any.
We heard about the second experience from another source (how we learn of many Seth stories). A classmate of his started talking about the bat on the playground that Seth had picked up. His mom overheard their conversation about it and asked Seth what had happened, assuming the bat was a baseball bat. Apparently, there was a live bat lying on the playground at school. No one would touch it, except Seth. He picked it up and was carrying it around until he showed the recess aide and she told him to put it back and leave it alone. When his mom heard the story, she panicked a bit. She asked him if it had bit him or he had washed his hands after. He just replied, “I can’t remember.”
Fourth grade turned out to be a pretty good year for him. At the end of the school year when we asked him what he wanted to give Mr. Mo for a gift he replied, “We need to get him the Wii game that his wife won’t let him buy.” So that’s what we did. It seemed like an appropriate teacher’s gift from Seth.