If you don’t know this, I took my notepad to school today just to record my interesting observations of my/others daily lives.
It’s funny how quickly things fall into place in a daily routine. Every kid at my school sites at the same lunch table every single day of the week- generally in the same seat as the day before!
How our Cafeteria is Placed:
The youngest grade at our school is seated in the front of the large room of wooden lunch tables- nearest to the door.
The next grade up sits in the middle, in neither the front nor back, loud and creating a ruckus, showing how fearless they are.
The eldest grade sits tucked in the back, the least monitored part of the cafeteria. We sit closest to the windows with the view of the lazy street with a big, rusty yellow bus parked hugging the curb.
But of course, it (friend groups in the cafeteria) isn’t broken into merely three categories- there is a “social conduct code” as well (as I like to call it), built over the course of the year, molding it into a routine that none of us dare break.
Therefore, my “friend group” is located in the far-most corner of the cafeteria, hidden in the shadows next to a window, closest to the dumpster.
Its actually a a nice little nook midst the loud ruckus of everyone else, straining to be heard.
I usually gobble down my sparse lunch consisting of a very bland turkey sandwich and get the hell out of there.
However, its actually fun seeing people in their element in terms of loudly stating their opinions and all of the different groups sitting apart at different lunch tables.
Its quite stupid, really, “the claim”. Us elder grades aren’t going to be here every again, so why “claim” a table?
Ironically, at the beginning of the year, when my classmates were just figuring out their places as the eldest of the school, it was I who claimed the far-most table in the back corner.
Silly, considering how much I hate labels.
I find myself wondering- how would teens react if they had to sit at a table with different people from different ‘groups’ everyday?
My school ‘hangs’ with the same people every day that is very ‘clique-like’.
I hate to get myself glued down to a certain group, which is probably why I remain a drifter, much to my satisfaction.
Well, going back to the ‘sitting-to-someone-different-everyday’ experiment, we would sure get to know much more people.
I do believe that we would all be better if we took that time to understand what someone else is going through and branched out- some of us will learn a lot or relate with different people!
Point of my rant?
Switch it up a little bit. Even I fall victim to remaining in my comfort zone, but try to get to know people!
Even ME, the anti-social weirdo observer will try to branch out, and that’s saying something!
This is verbatim from my notepad about my friends (located in the library)
“…to prove my talking point, I have relocated myself from my comfy chair in the front of our mis-matched, loud, unconventional library to a spot on the floor of the back of the library, overlooking the field through glass emergency doors:
my friends are singly loudly to fall out boy, chatting incessantly, jumping up and down, noticing random things, or absorbed with their phone. They instantly accept me. Well, I love ’em as they are…”
I thought that you would enjoy that excerpt from my life. Thanks for reading!