It was the best day of the boy’s whole life! When he and the other kids got to school that day, the teacher announced he wasn’t going to be the teacher anymore and they could do whatever they wanted! Not only that, but the teacher even jumped up from his seat, took off his coat and tie and played like one of the boys!
The ball was coming the boy’s way. He reached up and caught it before anyone else could. He’d been having so much fun and it was his lucky day too, because every game he tried to play that day he won!
“Not fair!” Another kid gave him a nasty look and stomped away. Why was he being such a spoilsport? He’d caught the ball fair and square.
The boy gave the ball a big kick, and BOOM! It flew way over everyone’s heads. It was going to be fun to watch them all chase after it like last time. Hey, why wasn’t anybody going? And why did they all look so mad?
“You can’t play with us anymore!” A kid stuck his finger in the boy’s face.
“What do you mean? Why can’t I play with you?”
“Because you win everything; it’s not fair!” Now all the kids gathered around him. The boy squatted down to talk.
“Why isn’t it fair? I’m playing by the rules like everyone else.”
“You keep winning ’cause you’re a grown-up and not only that, you’re the teacher and that means you’re supposed to be teaching us and not playing with us and winning every time!” “
The kids were being so mean that the boy felt like crying. “You’re just making things up ’cause you’re jealous.” he said. “I am NOT the teacher—I’m a kid, just the same as you!”
One of the kids put a huge checkered suit coat down in front of him.
“Here, I’ll PROVE you’re the teacher. Here’s the jacket you took off when you got up from your desk,” he said. “Put it on. If it fits you, it proves you’re the teacher.”
Now the boy would show them. Now maybe they’d leave him alone and just let him play. This coat must be twenty times too big for him.
“See, it fits you perfectly!” a girl clapped and cried out. “Yeah!”
Now the boy WAS crying. Why were they all lying? They had to be the most unfair kids in the whole…but, wait a minute, how did that big coat get so small that it fit him?