It was my first day of junior high at the BIG school. I was now grown up and sophisticated. I got up incredibly early and plastered my face with way too much makeup. I was dressed in my finest. It was going to be grand.
I got to school early and was milling around the school yard trying to act grown up when along came a little scraggly mutt. It ignored the whole junior high student body to come and bark at me. All pretense of sophistication flew up in the dirt from my shoes as I took off running. On and on I ran in fear with the little dog barking at my heels. I ran around the whole enormous building while the entire school stopped what they were doing and stared. But the dog kept barking, and I kept running.
The only thing that changed my second time around the building was that instead of the kids just stopping and staring, they were pointing and holding their sides in laughter, some actually falling to the ground.
Finally my hero appeared. Taking pity on me, though not enough to quit laughing, he took three steps toward the dog, stomped his foot and yelled something loud. My vicious attacker immediately fled with its tail between its legs.
Throughout that whole year different people would point as I walked by and say, “Hey, that is the chick that was running from that little dog,” and they would break out in uproarious laughter!
I think maybe this event scarred me for life!
They always say the first person we should laugh at is ourselves … Thanks…
Oh no, that is awful! Sorry to hear about your rough first day. Yay for a nice stranger helping out though! That would have scarred me 🙂
I don’t think I spent one day in JR. High that wasn’t embarrassing. Thanks for sharing your uncomfortable story. 🙂
I was a weird a kid in that Jr. High was fine, it was high school that I became uncoordinated and racked up a number of embarrassing moments. Its tough to recover from something sooo public on a first day but that’s why getting older is fun…so we can look back and laugh ourselves!
V. amusing, it shows it’s best not to take yourself too seriously, but at that age, of course you do.
I don’t even want to think about the embarrassing moments from school, at least you can laugh at them now and sharing them is great 🙂
Why is it that everyone has to stop what they’re doing and stare?
Sorry your first day was so ghastly.