I make the rounds, asking kids why they didn't bring their books.
"My locker is jammed, so I can't get it."
I stop before one of my students. He's bright, but lackadaisical. "Why didn't you bring your book?"
My irritation is masked behind a facade of unflappable indifference. "Why not carry them?"
"Carry them? Those books are heavy!"
"We're on a block system. You only have two academic classes."
"C'mon, mister! Carry books? That would make me look like a nerd!"