When I was in school, I wouldn't say that I was worried about popularity at all. In fact, in elementary school, pretty much everyone was on equal grounding. But, there were a few kids that were just plain different and didn't seem to mesh into the typical playground setting.
Where are they now?
1) Charles (won't list the last name for fear that he's some big time producer and comes to find me.) In first grade, he wore the thickest horn rimmed glasses. He cried and always wiped his eyes and had brown dirt smears on his face. His claim for fame...he would but a booger on a frito and eat it.
2) Louis B. - mama's boy for sure! When bow ties weren't in, he came to school on the first day wearing one. His mom camped out in her motorhome just to keep an eye on him. She would peek into the classroom to see how he was doing. Claim for fame - One day, his mom interrupted the class to "excuse" Louie for being late. It seems he was throwing up all morning. She gave him a coffee can and told the teacher that if he must toss his cookies, the can was available. And, yes, he used the can often.
3) Angela - she was known for humming....not every now and then but all the time. The teacher would be talking and she was humming. She could read and hum at the same time. I have no idea what she was humming but it was usually the same tune.
4) Alfonso - when I was 3 years old, he was one of the kids in the neighborhood that we weren't allowed to play with. Why? His mother was crazy, according to my mom. But, so was Alfonzo. His claim for fame - Pulling out his wee wee and peeing on his hamburger and eating it.
5) Craig - he was 12 years old and was in love with Broadway musicals. He would "perform" songs like "Singing in the Rain" during recess. Most of the boys called him a sissy. He hung with the girls and called me Francesca. (I have no idea why but he said that I looked like my name should be Francesca.)
6) Greg - During a birthday party, he got in the way of the baseball bat while cracking open the pinata. I wonder if he was ever the same after that?
7) Teresa - waif-like characteristics that spoke only when spoken to and then in fragile whispers. She was so pale that I really wonder to this day if she was actually a ghost.
Too bad there isn't a such thing as Classmates.com for preschool and elementary school. That would be something worth writing about!
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