by Lance O. Redding

Nathan usually wasn’t too excited about school, but today was different.  Today was show-n-tell, and what made it even more special than a normal show-n-tell day was the fact that Nathan was going to tell the class about his summer adventures with his dad and how he had the best job in the world.

He tried to wait patiently in his seat for the teacher to go through the roll and the announcements, but it was very difficult.  Finally, she looked at him with her eyes closed in slits and mouthed, “Sit still!”

Nathan folded his arms on the desk and put his head down to try and look like he was holding still, but he couldn’t stop his leg from wiggling and bouncing up and down.

Finally, after an eternity, the teacher said, “Now, children, it’s time for Show-n-Tell, and today is Nathan’s turn.”  She gave one last look at Nathan, and with a pained look in her eyes that communicated her pleading desire for a quiet and normal presentation, took her seat.

Yes! thought Nathan.  He grabbed his secret bag of cool surprises and headed to the front of the room.

“Hello, Class,” said Nathan, trying to remember his manners.

“Hello, Nathan!” said the class.

They were excited to see what he had brought.  He hadn’t stopped talking about what he was going to bring for two whole weeks!

“For Show-n-tell today,” said Nathan, “I want to show you what I’m going to be when I grow up.”

“Oooo,” said the class.

“I’m going to be a Carboy!” said Nathan with flair, as he pulled out his mechanic’s hat and put it on his head.

“A carboy?” asked Cindy, who sat in the front row.  “Don’t you mean a ‘cowboy’?”

“No,” said Nathan as he shook his head.  “I want to be a Carboy.  Like my dad.”  Nathan pulled out his mechanic’s overalls and put them on over his school clothes.  Then he put his worker gloves on.  His clothes were dirty and greasy, just like a good Carboy’s clothes should be, and he was proud to be wearing them.

But not everyone thought they were special.  “Eeeww, those are dirty!” said Julie.

“Don’t come close to me while you’re wearing those!”

“Yeah,” said Brian in the back row.  “Besides, Cowboys are what’s really cool!  Not a car mechanic.  Cowboys have guns and horses!”

Nathan knew the other kids might not think being a Carboy was cool, so he had come prepared...

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