Quinn: Flaky School Lessons
At lunch a few weeks ago an old friend asked, “What lessons did you learn from your school years?” Well, here are ten that stuck to me like glue.
- Bells rule our life. The last high school bell, for instance, alerts us that we need to prepare for a career. Every year when the birthday bell rings, we’re reminded that time moves faster than a cheetah on a treadmill.
- Don’t eat off your friend’s plate until he tells you it’s OK. In elementary school I supplemented many lunches with somebody else’s dinner rolls.
- Getting picked first on another student’s team means that the person recognizes your skill. Getting picked last means you should explore some of your other gifts.
- Everyone can contribute. The tallest guy may be your basketball star. The smartest girl might be the school’s spelling champion. (My special gift: Teachers could point to me as a bad example.)
- Never throw food. That’s true in the elementary lunchroom, at the senior prom, and for nearly all weddings.
- Hold your tongue. (Not literally, of course, because it might get drool on your hand.) We learn quickly that if we make a silly or unkind statement, we can’t take it back.
- You win a few, you lose a few, and you get disqualified if you forget to show up. Therefore, an alarm clock makes a great graduation gift.
- Teachers are some of the greatest people you’ll ever know.
- Everybody needs a coach. Find older people whose skills you admire, and ask how they acquired them.
- Life is not high school. Move on. (That’s a good thing, because if life were a geometry class, I’d never figure out the angles.)
Rix Quinn is a humorist and columnist. You can ask Rix anything…the weirder, the better. E-mail your questions to email@example.com.