Wearing baggy pants to school, he always kept his shameful underwear private, avoiding any situations where he might have to remove his pants for school activities.
So when his mom told him this morning that his normal plastic pants were in the wash, he wasn't overly concerned. It was when he saw the pink nursery print design on the ones she had for him that he balked.
"No way--I can't wear those!" he cried.
"Jerry--honestly," she sighed in exasperation, "They were the only ones available in your size at the store and anyway--no ones going to see them, so what difference does it make?"
In the end, after much futile arguing, Jerry went to school that day with shiny pink plastic panties covering his ever present cloth diapers.
He was a little nervous for the first part of the day but then he began to relax, realizing that his mom was right. No one looked at him in any different way than they had before. In fact, a small part of him was privately thrilled, walking around with no one being the wiser about what he was secretly wearing underneath.
That all changed in his last class. One of his schoolmates, a popular girl named Melissa, was always figuring out ways to get him into trouble. Today she'd managed to frame him for a mess left in the teacher's lounge and five minutes into class, his pretty teacher called him up to the front of the room to be disciplined.
Jerry had always had a secret crush on Ms. Carver. He thought she dressed very provocatively for an 8th grade teacher but now he was terrified as he stood next to her beside her desk.
"Jerry, I'm afraid I'm going to have to spank you for your misbehavior today," she said solemnly.
Quivering in terror, Jerry didn't know what to do. He tried explaining that it wasn't he who had done the prank but Ms. Carver simply wouldn't be persuaded. As she unzipped his pants and lowered them down around his knees, she stared with amused shock at his cute, shiny pink plastic panties with their playful cartoon bunnies and building blocks.
The rest of the classroom erupted in snickers and derisive comments.
"Sorry Jerry," she said with a barely concealed smirk, "but these will have to come down too."