Ben heard my voice and realized I was there, and he reluctantly tore himself from looking at his friend, a little girl he has been sweet on for a few years. He wore the biggest smile on his face.
As we left, he tried to touch one friend who quickly told on him, in a big sisterly sort of way. Another long-time classmate reached for a hug to say goodbye. There was a chorus of, "Bye Ben" from the other children. All the while, Ben was smiling, very happy to be around his gang of friends.
Made my day - we all need a posse like that.