I'm intrigued by a seventh-grader named Chugg.
I wish I were his mother. If my own kids have to look homely and sad, and there's a chance they will, I hope they look like Chugg.
Chugg is small and round. He wears sweatpants and striped or camo t-shirts. His hair is blond and sticks out at all the wrong angles. Chugg sports some glasses that magnify his eyes to comical proportions, and the ear pieces are dipped in rubber to help keep them on his head. He faithfully carries around one of the those fabric binders with a zipper. He's one of those pack rats whose binder is bursting at the seams. When "at ease," his mouth tends to hang open. His glasses are always sliding down his nose, so his head is always cocked back and to the side a little bit. He's irresistible!
At first I thought the teacher was calling him Chuck. During group work, I introduced myself to all the students, working my way around the room.
"You're Chuck, right?" I asked.
A squeak back: "Not Chuck, Chugg!"
I was hooked ever since. I didn't have his class today, but I ran into him in the hall. I asked him how he was doing. In typical Chugg fashion, he tilted his head back, squinted his eyes and pushed up his glasses, tugged a bit at his shirt and took a deep breath.
"I'm going to the main office, because... My locker is because..."
"Your locker is jammed?" I offered.
"No, because my coat, a part of my coat.... It's stuck like," and he waved his hands frantically up and down and then pursed his thumb and pointer finger together, "My coat is in the locker and I can't open it."
Last time I checked, that is what defines a jammed locker. Apparently my school-day terms are obsolete. Already. So that's Chugg.