Meet Bobby Smith, by Joseph Barone

Meet Bobby Smith, it’s his first day of school.
He tries so hard just to be cool
But he’s afraid he’ll wind up looking like a fool.
Everything is new- the sights and the smells,
And even the stories that the teacher tells.
It’s tough enough with science, and math and social studies,
But fitting in?  Meeting new people?  Finding new buddies?
How will I ever do it?  He thought.
Maybe they’ll like me because of the cupcakes I brought.
He came back early from recess and set the cupcakes down.
When the schoolmates came in they ate them, but gave Bobby a frown.
He was new to them too.
So they didn’t know quite what to do.
They didn’t talk to him or make eye contact,
They seemed to want nothing to do with him in fact.
He thought some kids might even be making a smirk.
Bobby was sure that the cupcakes would work!
He got up and was about to leave the room with a frown,
But his neighbor Amy smiled at him and said “Sit down.”
She whispered, “You don’t need to give things to make people like you, Bobby.”
“Be yourself, and if they don’t like you then they’re just snobby.”
Just when he thought this day could never end,
Bobby found what he didn’t expect to find- a friend.

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