My name is John Cunningham and I’m in Mrs. Niles class. That’s second grade. Oh, you know that. It’s just that most people don’t believe me that I’m in second grade because I’m so small, but I’m seven years old. Can I go now I think I just heard the bell?
No, mam, I did answer your question! You asked me what my name was and I told you. I also told you how old I am just to be extra helpful. Oh, you wanted to know about this circle in the grass… well that’s kind of a long story are you sure you want to know?
Well I came out here with my class for recess but Cody isn’t here today and he’s the only one that ever plays with me so I didn’t have anyone to play with so I just came over to this corner of the playground. That’s when I saw the Jabberwocky circling over the school – what? Yes, mam, a Jabberwocky. Haven’t you ever seen one? Well, I hope you never do because you have to be really brave even to look at one and this one here looked me right in the eyes and I didn’t even flinch. Yeah! He came right down out of the sky directly at me. He landed right over there on the grass. Good thing, too, because if he’d landed in the parking lot I bet he’d have cracked the ground wide open! But it didn’t crack the ground because it landed in the grass – well I’m trying to tell you how that circle got there but you have to be patient and let me explain. Patience is a virtue, you know. My grandma says that and she’s super old and probably really smart to live so long. She says it’s amazing my grandpa is still alive because he’s an – yes, I’ll get back to the story.
There I was, face to face with a Jabberwocky. Drool coming out its mouth just looking at a delicious kid like me. I don’t know why he didn’t try and eat me right there, must be he saw I was too smart and he figured I was dangerous to him. Maybe that’s why he didn’t go after any of the other kids first. Yup, must be that’s why. He had to eat me first since I was the biggest threat to him.
So there I was, staring him down in the playground. Going mato-a-mato with a Jabberwocky in order to protect the whole school, teachers too. He shot his neck out like this and tried to bite me but I watch a lot of Kung-Fu movies with my grandpa so I did a move like this KEYAH! And that Jabberwocky didn’t know what happened and jumped back. I knew in just a minute he’d come at me again so I used an ancient Indian burial ground magic and made a circle of stones to warn him off. Do you know any ancient Indian burial ground magic? I didn’t think so. It doesn’t work on grass, that’s why I had to pull it all up. It’s not perfect because I didn’t have a ruler but it’s pretty good. It’s almost a circle. Anyway, I had to make this otherwise the Jabberwocky would have eaten the entire school up in one big bite!
What?! Why are we going to the principal’s office?! Didn’t you hear me? I saved the whole school!
But this is nothing like that time I dug that hole! That was to protect myself from a giant slug this is totally different! It’s really not necessary to call my mom, I’m sure we can come to an understanding.