It feels good to be on top. Everybody looks up to and envies your place. Teachers stop thinking that maybe you’re too young or stupid. Remember Ralph Emerson’s first day? Shortest kid in the sixth grade. Everyone thought he wandered over from Coffin elementary during recess. Now he’s grown half a food and will be starting running back from the Brunswick Dragons. Still the shortest kid I know, but man Ralphy can run!
Next year we’ll all be the short kids in school. Some will feel lost and have to scrape and claw for respect and elbow space; others will breeze on through as they normally do. All of the expectations from the ‘rents and teachers will be the same, but college is on the horizon. It’s something we got to think about during four years of tests, essays, books and stress. On top of that there are all of the joys of being a teenager. You know, curfews, girls, prom, and your place in it all. Try not to get so caught up in the day-to-day B.S. you forget to enjoy yourself.
High school may feel like forever, but if we blink it’ll disappear and then . . . Well we’ll all be adults making adult decisions. What I’m saying is time flies when life happens. It’s why Fridays in social studies are spent daydreaming about the weekend and homework rarely gets done before Sunday night. Try not to get lost in high school. We go to study for the rest of our lives. What we do and whether it is enough really matters – especially if you plan to attend college. If not, then whatever, keep your sights out of the gutter. Don’t worry about where you fit in or what your friends are doing – do you. That’s all you need to know. Do fulfill your dreams and heart’s desire. Make it worthy of your future and everything else will follow.