He pretended to be different

Leroy was a normal farm boy who wanted to be different. He messed up his hair and tore the pockets off his shirt. When his mother asked him to fetch water from the well, he filled the bucket from the well and poured the water over his head. This behavior started when he was ten, and got worse until his teens. At first it was fun to act eccentric, as though he were a Leonardo, but his parents were patient, and lenient, and never got mad at him. They pretended that anything he did was perfectly normal.