Summary: Christopher explained to Siobhan that his father ordered him to stop detecting which meant his book was finished. She complimented him on what he’d written and tried to comfort him but Christopher wasn’t satisfied, though, because his book did not have a proper ending and he still hadn’t figured out who’d killed Wellington.
Siobhan then explained something that is difficult for many of us to accept: That’s life. It’s not uncommon for things to happen that we don’t fully understand and our experiences don’t always get wrapped up with a definite conclusion. Of course, that did little to ease Christopher’s mind.
He was still unsettled that Wellington’s killer was free and likely in Christopher’s immediate area. He then told Siobhan that his father insisted that he never mention Mr. Shears name again and that he was an evil man which caused him to speculate again that he was the killer. Siobhan pointed out that he may have said that because he simply doesn’t like Mr. Shears and speculated that it could be that he was taking Mrs. Shears’ side.
Christopher then added that his father told him that Mrs. Shears isn’t their friend anymore. Siobhan had no more insight to offer and was saved by the school bell.
The following 2 days were rough for Christopher; he had 2 consecutive black days thanks to seeing yellow cars on the way to school. After shutting down for 2 straight days—secluding himself, groaning, not eating—he took advantage of some pre-arranged agreement that allows him to close his eyes on the way to school to avoid seeing yellow cars which would inevitably lead to another black day.
Application: It is important to walk a fine line between not overindulging all the quirks some students have, but to also be sensitive about how powerfully those aversions can interfere with basic functioning. You never want a child to have 2 straight black days, but it’s vital that we provide strategies and opportunities to work through fixed thoughts rather than trying to anticipate and clear every possible obstacle, because like Siobhan explained, life doesn’t always line up the way we think it should.
— Jennifer Johnston