Now, Alex knows the drill. This is work. People are paid to be here for a reason, and him being cute or loud ain't it. So he sat there, playing his DS all day, or asking me what I was doing, quietly, and me explaining, in a way that ensures he'd rather be a stevedore than a sysadmin, which is a good thing.
We take the bus home, same thing. He sits quietly, or chats with the regular riders on the bus, but only after they initiated conversation.
The next day, I hear how amazingly good he was.
WTF? He wasn't amazingly good, he was simply meeting standards for workplace behavior, and public behavior in general. He knows that he's not to act the damned fool in public. That's not amazing, that's NORMAL. How fucking lame have we gotten when a kid behaving normally is suddenly a paragon of virtue. Oh, just in case, no, there was no ADD medication involved. That's only for school, and he's not taking that every day anymore anyway, he doesn't need it so much. That's just him being normal.
Man, I really do hate other people's kids some days.