Something embarrassing that happened at school.
It was the beginning of The Age of Awkward for me. Eighth grade. I had no friends. I had happily transferred from a private school, but felt a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of students at this public one. I wasn’t a huge fan of the pecking order that had been established…more importantly I didn’t care to be at the bottom of it.
You had the popular girls, the nerds, the alternative kids, the preppy boys, the band members, etc. etc.
Jerry was a bad bad boy. Jerry was actually a repeat eighth grader. He didn’t pass the first time around and therefore…you just didn’t mess with this guy. The words “loose canon” come to mind. He was like an old man in the eighth grade. He had muscles, he pushed his weight around, and he was ready to kick anyone’s ass.
Jerry rode my bus and his “seat” was the very middle position on the long row at the very back of the bus. He would stretch his legs out and just pretty much owned that back spot.
One day I beat Jerry to that back spot. I mean why not right? He didn’t own it. Totally makes sense that someone like me, who really had no friends to speak of for back up, might choose to challenge someone like Jerry for a seat on the school bus.
Big bad mean Jerry walked straight to the back of the bus with his eyes on me, snapped his fingers, and directed me out of his seat with a head nod.
I didn’t budge.
He cussed me out with more then a few choice words.
So I stood up and slapped him.
The fury I saw sweep over that old man’s face was frightening indeed. I could see him fighting the urge to punch me in the face with every bit of restraint he had in his body. The bus driver ended the standoff. She ordered me to move to the front of the bus and I must say I was a bit relieved to get away from Jerry.
My face was all kinds of red. I don’t think even *I* knew why I did that. I still don’t know why I did that. I suppose that inner fighter in me had had just about enough of Jerry and his Big Man On Campus attitude.
Don’t mess with me.
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