Level Two. Hidden Problems.

Level Two. Hidden Problems.

By Michelle Lloyd.

RV had been working hard at showing his two friends how much he cared about them, he had been using his spare time at home to make Dillon feel as comfortable as he could in his surroundings because his parents had said this was an integral part of the big brother process.

All round RV felt like he was getting back into his stride and when his teacher stood up to make an announcement about an impending Show and Tell project at school he took that in, as a give it hardly a thought, part of his busy life.

Time went by quickly for RV and with his newest tasks to do at home with his brother and going out to keep up with his two friends, before he knew it the Show and Tell was imminent, and with nothing thought of the usual top of his class student was left in a position he had never really known.

Little Herbert was going to Show and Tell about his dad’s toy shop, New One was all set to Tell all about his passion for a build your own fantasy game and RV was…he felt the stress get to him as he tried to think of what he could Show and Tell. He had been so busy that nothing had occurred to him and the distress had turned his mind to a blank. Little Herbert and New One who were used to their friend being top at everything in school never ever guessed that RV was struggling with the Show and Tell objective.

RV did not want to worry anyone and so he never said a word to his friends or to his family. He tried to cope with the stress himself, he attempted to and quite honestly had an epic fail.

RV’s oddly quiet behaviour was noticed by Little Herbert and New One as he got to the school assembly point, his sulky, stressed out short tempered attitude became a worry for his mum and even Dillon seemed to be watching him suspiciously from under his infant hoodie.

RV shrugged off the attempts to get him to tell them what was going on. He went in to class with a heavy heart as he knew that he would probably be the singled out sorry student who had NOTHING vaguely exciting to tell at the Show and Tell. He sat down in anticipation of what was to be his dire attempt at making something up and he hardly heard New One ask for him to wish him luck as he went up to tackle the Show and Tell himself. It was just as Little Herbert whispered to him about how happy New One looked in talking about his passionate pastime that RV had an idea…

There had been a something in his life that had got him passionate, he had expectations about it and shocks along the way. All of a sudden RV knew exactly what his Show and Tell was going to be about and all he hoped was that he had enough time to get it sorted out.

Excusing himself from his class for a few minutes, it was with his teacher’s permission that RV raced out and never was he happier to see his mum chatting to another parent in the playground than at that precise minute. He waved her over from his vantage point at the window.

That was how Dillon made his first early entry into a school class at his young age. Promptly Shown and Told about, Dillon was the talk of the class and with R V able to tell everyone what being a brother was about for him, even Little Herbert and New One learnt a thing or two about their friend that they never knew.

Dillon seemed happy about being RV’s Show and Tell as he never cried at all and even managed a few on time and camera worthy smiles for his brother. It was as if it had all been destined and RV couldn’t have been happier as he stood next to his mum and brother and took in the class’s applause.