Quinn Minute – School lessons
Published 11:00 am Sunday, March 5, 2023
by Rix Quinn
At lunch a few weeks ago an old friend asked, “What lessons did you learn from your school years?”
Well, here are five 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, or at the senior prom.
Finally, I learned in middle school that it’s hard to sling mashed potatoes much further than a couple of feet. Also, teachers do not appreciate gravy on their shirts.
Closing comment: We love the memorable poem by Pat D’Amico called “A Going Concern”: Your footprints in the sands of time would be a lot more fitting… Than impressions you will make if you are always sitting.
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