Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Different World

When I was in high school we had a series of bomb threats. They were taken very, very seriously. Yesterday there were two such threats at the school. I saw no additional police (beyond the ones that are stationed at the school permanently) and no fire trucks. If they searched the school at all, they must have superpowers to have done it in the 10 minutes we stood on the football field while the students ripped cigarettes. I feel safe. Not.

This week happens to be spirit week, which apparently is in short supply among the student body. I saw only a handful of students participating in today's theme (college t-shirt day), while most, if not all, of the teachers proudly sported a variety of athletic wear.

When looking at a crowd of the students there is no way I could mistake them for my former classmates. The clothing, the electronics, the foul language, it's all so different. Today, however, I encountered a boy that could've been straight out of my high school in the early 90s. Hair buzzed fairly short except for one swinging swath of bleach-blond hair flopping across his face. Ah, those were the days...

3 comments:

Momma Val said...

Yes, those were the days. My days too! It's funny to hear all the odd things about todays teenagers from my sister who currently has 2 teenagers. Some things are so similar but so much has changed. It was lame when I was in high school to have spirit. The many years of kids that went right before us (my sisters time) had spirit and I remember looking at her yearbooks and being so excited about being a part of all of that. Once I got there, nobody was into it anymore except a small number of nerds. I was too afraid to be a nerd. If I could do it all over again knowing what I know now, it would be totally different. Thank God I'm done with it though!

jo(e) said...

My kids go to the same high school I went to -- just 25 years later. It's funny to see what things have changed and what has stayed the same.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Things are VERY different at PB's school than they were at mine, but as jo(e) says, some things are still the same.

Sorry I am so FAR behind commenting.