#27. Wherein I begin the sad tale of little Clyde. ( He’s the twin whose cowlick swirls to the right. Sam and Clyde are mirror image twins.) Pity party hereby ends.
As soon as I recognize Clyde’s caterwaul coming from down the Lower Levels hall, I’m out of my desk and through the door. It’s my brother, I yell over my shoulder to the teacher. He needs me.
Get away! Get away! Clyde has plastered himself against the wall outside his kindergarten room. He swings his arms at a scrum of grown-ups trying to grab him.
He’s like one of Zia’s calves surrounded by the coyotes. (I round the corner into the kindergarten area.) And I’m like Sir Isaac the guard mule. (I was enjoying this excuse to escape my class.) To the rescue! (I skid to a stop.)
His teacher, the principal with her big shoulder-pad suit, and the school secretary have him cornered. I spy Pop’s head going by the outside courtyard window. The school must have called home, so I’m guessing the eruption started inside the room and then spread to the outside.
Pop and I reach Clyde at about the same time. When he sees us, he crumbles like a muffin.
What’s up, buddy? I give him a hug, and he clutches me like a koala bear.
Hey, boyo, what’s cooking? Pop kneels so his face is close to Clyde’s. He’s the only one of the grown-ups that knows it’s important to be at Clyde’s eye level. Clyde tries to burrow into Pop’s quilted vest.
But wait, it gets worse.
You said I needed to go to school, Pop. Clyde gulps–he has the I’ve-been-crying-for-a-while rash and hiccups. So, I WENT. Yesterday!!
–Uh oh, I’ve got to stop writing and help Mimi. She’s just called up the stairs that she doesn’t have enough eggs for the french toast she’s making for our supper. So I need to run up the hill to Zia’s barn and rummage the nests!! (THIS is a different type of chore, don’t you think?) I’ll get back to the story as soon as possible.)