I posted this photo on Facebook yesterday. I wrote that it broke my heart.
The story behind it is of my 9 year old son who, because he is part of a new program this year, rides the bus to the high school (with high school and junior high kids) where he transfers to a different bus that takes him to his elementary school.
In this photo, the first day back to school, the boys behind him have just made a joke. My son is trying to gain their favor by acting cool, aloof, and yet, he looks my direction to make sure I am there. He is still just 9.