After a great first day of middle school, Jack came home on the second day discouraged after finding out his classes would have assigned seats. We let him pout about it for a bit and then he seemed to let it go.
After a couple more days, I checked with him to see how he was feeling about it.
Me: So, are you getting to be friends with any of the kids sitting near you in class?
He paused for a moment before continuing on, his voice now dripping with sarcasm.
Jack: But you know what is awesome about assigned seats? In my one class, someone carved a penis into the desk. Yeah. A PENIS. And it's not just drawn on there. It is carved into it.
Jack: Uh huh. And it's not even a good one. It's shaped all weird and the penis is all bent. And I can't even sit comfortably at the desk because I have to put my arms at weird angle to cover it up.