Friday Fun: Stick It Out

School days. We all have memories of those: good, bad, ugly and indifferent. Some went to crappy schools with shitty teachers. Some had decent schools with pretty cool teachers.

I was fortunate enough to have attended the latter, but I think most of us can agree that our fellow classmates, the other students, were the ones who made our daily life a hassle or joy. I dealt with a healthy mixture of both, which were combined with the always-memorable or the always-forgettable.

One kid I recall in particular was one I had to deal with when I was in kindergarten. We had twice-weekly morning “assemblies” which had all of us pupils, from K – 3, gathered in what passed for our auditorium and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by one student choosing if we sung the National Anthem, God Bless America, or You’re A Grand Old Flag. I always preferred the last song and still know the lyrics of it to this day.

Anyway, during these assemblies, this kid – who I think might have been in 2nd or 3rd grade – would go out of his way to sit behind me. At various intervals, he would tap me on the shoulder. I would ignore him for a bit, but get annoyed and turn around after being tapped 10 times or more. When I did so, he would always stick his tongue out at me. Always. Without fail.

Whenever a person goes out of their way to get my attention, and then do their own version of sticking their tongue out at me, I have to chuckle. Any girl or woman who has had some dude go overboard to get your attention in some way knows that he likes you. He’s just too immature, awkward, or flat-out cowardly to come right out and say so. It’s akin to tying braided pigtails together, snapping a bra-strap, or doing some other silly thing to get noticed. Those of us with male siblings, whether they are older or younger, will see variations of this attention-seeking behavior depending on the age of the respective male and whose attention they are trying to capture.

My single song for today says it all. Go ahead – stick it out!


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