Here's what happened....
Doors fling open and in hop three damp teenagers with their backpacks and mesh bags full of flippers, the smell of chlorine fills the car. As we pull out of the loading zone, there is the sound of rustling snack papers.
I turn around and with a smile say, "hey, would you guys mind not eating back there, I had a big mess to clean up after last night's ride. Now, what is everyone swimming in the meet this weekend?"
The boy answers quickly, no problem to not eating, and then rattles off some swimming events.
And then it was silent the rest of the ride home. Ouch. Longest ride home!
I interpreted this silence as quiet introspection, proof that they are all good kids and they were thinking about their actions and feeling kind of bad about it. Which is fine. What you hope for after a behavioral intervention (I think).
As for the whispering, I have decided not to go there because of some things my daughter has told me, mostly that she thinks the girl acts very silly around this boy - she knows the behavior is more for his benefit than to exclude her. It's more annoying than hurtful in her book. 'Nuf said.
I really valued each and every one of your comments. Some of you out there have lots of real life experience with teens. It is always sticky when you are friends with their parents. Who knew carpools could be so stressful!
What we have here is Chad's Pullover, Peace Fleece, Ancient Fern. Double seed stitch, 23", going for at least 26", maybe longer. Have a great weekend!