Jerry opens the curtain and there is a problem
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Taking Care of Each Other
"Tell me the whole story," he said calmly. "Take your time."
Jerry took a deep breath, and settled into the chair. She didn't like being here. She wanted to be home. She wanted to be doing anything else, even homework, than sitting trying to explain what had happened in the cafeteria. She fidgeted, took another breathe and said, "It wasn't my fault. Sam said all I had to do was climb up on the stage and pull the curtain open." Jerry could feel the tears threatening to fall down her face. She wouldn't cry, she just wouldn't. Only babies cried when they were in trouble.
"Now sweetheart, it will be all right. You didn't do anything wrong, it's just.... well we need to know everything so we can decide what to do about what was behind the curtain."
"But, I didn't have anything to do with that. I'm not old enough to even think about that. I'm not even sure what was happening. Aren't adults supposed to do whatever they want to do? How can an adult get in trouble for taking care of another adult." Jerry couldn't understand why everyone was making such a big deal out of what was happening on the stage.
"Why do you think they were just taking care of each other, Jerry?"
"Because Mommy and Daddy told me that's what they were doing, when I opened their door one night. I couldn't sleep and I wanted a hug. Mommy and Daddy were doing the same thing Mrs. Right and Mr. Wrong were doing behind the curtain. Mommy explained it to me later. They were just taking care of each other, because they loved each other. Don't Mrs. Right and Mr. Wrong love each other. Is that why there is a problem, because they don't care enough?"
"No sweetheart, apparently they do love each other. It's just that they shouldn't have been so close together behind the curtain. They should have been somewhere else. Now you can go to the playground now, okay?"
"Okay," Jerry said as she stood up. She walked to the door. Before she left the Principles office she turned and with a big smile said, "I'll ask Mommy and Daddy if Mrs. Right and Mr. Wrong can come visit us and use the big bed. Mommy and Daddy said it was their favorite spot to take care of each other." Jerry left the room. The look which came over Principle Norman's face looked strange. He had gotten red. She hoped he was all right.