Older people like to tell you high school is “the best years of your life”. And that you have to find your calling as a freshman. I thought it was going to be yearbook, but I had to drop the class because I didn’t want to “marry” it.
The thing that really bothered me was when the teachers from other classes and subjects they didn’t teach got mad at you for having bad grades in that class. I was stuck in a horrible math class that I briefly mentioned in this blog entry. I don’t really know what she was trying to accomplish there ok so when you would walk into the classroom the classical music would be blaring. After everybody was situated the bell would ring and she would greet us. Then she would tell a joke from the Rosie O’Donnell Show book Kids are Punny. I’ve heard a lot of those jokes before I saw them on her talk show. they were easy to figure out the punchline to. If you managed to endure in her class for the whole semester she would put your name in a raffle to win a Beanie Baby. One winner per class period. Somebody in my Spanish class won a Beanie from her Patti. She was a very talented gardener though. She used to grow orchids. She helped run the school beautification program. Which I got inadvertently roped into as a senior because everybody left and went on vacation. And when I was a junior they used me for grunt work like making tissue paper flowers and “graduation security” which was a joke in itself. What is with me and getting duped into doing grunt work? I remember one year during my time at the school. She retired. Not to sound mean, but all I could think of was “good riddance”.
I was happy to be transferred out of that class, but the replacement math class was no picnic either. There were no low talkers or children’s joke books. Still more classical music.
It wasn’t that different from kindergarten or when I think about it working at the deli. Crazy rules, inconsistency, getting in trouble for strange unexplained reasons.
Why do people say it’s the best years of your life? They weren’t to me personally. Of course from K-12 I was at the bottom of the food chain. The ladder rung that touched the ground. I know they say about no responsibilities and all that stuff. Maybe if they were the superstar jock who got the cheerleader captain pregnant or something. Many potential friends? A lot of those people I didn’t want to be friends with. It’s hard when you don’t have common interests. Not that I’m saying I’m a special snowflake, but I do have strange interests even now. A lot of what I liked was too “childish” as deemed by others.
This was before the internet made it “cool” to like those things.
Later you hear about people who left their hometown to go to college somewhere else and I guess since they were the big fish in a little pond. The person becomes depressed because they are not the big person on campus anymore at college and they miss their friends and their hometown and being famous.
I must say the music, movies and tv shows were really great and that was my “best part”.
I don’t think I’ve had a “best year” of my life ever? Maybe when I was a baby?
I really hate those people who say things like “High school was the best time of my life. I was friends with everybody. I hung out with the coolest people and I could jump from clique to clique. Sure we excluded people, but wouldn’t you have done it too? And it was awesome! I was the most famous person in town!” I wanna punch those people in the face!