It was a sunny April day in eighth grade, and my coed gym class was heading out to the field for a game of soccer (futbol for those in the know). As we're waiting for our teacher to divide us into teams, my friend Vince runs up behind me, grabs my gym shorts, and pulls them down to my ankles. Not all that embarrassing, you say? Well, let's just say that my gym shorts weren't the only layer that took a trip south.
I don't know that I had a monumental moment like Erik, but I must say that middle school was an awkward period of life. I mean really, in 6th grade, my age and my shoe size were the same.
I would have to go with what Dewey said. Middle school in general was awkward. I was growing into the phase where mom didn't decide how my hair was cut. (bad idea) Not only that, but I didn't know how to style the poorly cut hair. I also dreaded the fact that puberty was beginning and I was waking up everyday with something new on my face. On top of all of this, I moved between 6th & 7th grade and had to meet completely new people while being awkward which makes everything doubly awkward. Is doubly even a word? I heard George W. use it in a speech once, so I'm not sure.
Oh the joys of middle school! I know I had awkward moments, but it's really hard for me to pinpoint just one. I mean let's be honest, I was pretty much the epitome of geekdom in middle school. The only thing that really sticks out in my mind is passing a note to one of my best friends in science class about a guy that I liked and because i was a brilliant eighth grader, i passed it to her through him. yea, he definitely read it. and then proceeded to laugh out loud. looking back, i might not have been the most intelligent middle schooler lol.
You think YOUR middle school years were awkward? Try being homeschooled! Don't get me wrong. I truly deeply appreciate being protected from the mind-numbing, innocence-breaking, soul-crushing futility of public middle school. But the side effect is that i STILL don't understand half the cultural references of my peers. I probably haven't seen most of your favorite movies and maybe a 16th as many TV shows. (Sexual innuendos and slang are also not my strong points. Unfortunately college has proved quite educational). Tsk tsk...looks like i wasted far too much time reading tons of books, playing outside and developing creativity. =( But don't worry. I can still commiserate with my terrible lack of style, awkward proportions, foot-in-mouth disease and paranoia that nobody liked me.
I honestly try to block out most of middle school in my memory because it just was an overall awkward experience. I have to agree with Dewey (side note yay! dewey for answering question of the week!) and say that there is no one moment that sticks out in my memory as being more awkward than the other. I had poofy curly hair that I did not know how to control (luckily now i have discovered hair products),wore glasses that took up half my face, and the majority of my wardrobe came from the Limited too. So yeah safe to say that I was awkward but luckily pretty much every middle schooler everywhere is AWKWARD!
Oh what difficulty to choose only one awkward moment from middle! I feel as if I am fated to choose from the category of hygiene and grooming. One day after the most amazing game of flag football ever to have occurred in 6th grade (someone who is not particularly gifted int he world of athletics caught the game winning buzzer beater touchdown pass. the team went wild!), a certain fellow was rushed changing back from PE to street clothes and head to lunch.Feeling in very good spirits from the day's performance he decided to through down "the moves" on the ever so stylish Chelsea Swanhart at lunch. Everything was swanky until that Siren of the Sixth grade started to notice a funny smell, at which point our hero realized that in his haste of victory he forgot to reapply that ever-so-critical deodorant. He quickly excused himself and died of embarrassment.
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