Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: West Virginia
Language: English, and hopefully fluent Japanese one day...
Also another thing:
My high school had three cafeterias but in the mornings one of them would never be in use. No breakfast meals being prepared and served, no lights turned on, doors closed (but not locked).
Right after I got off the bus I would head to that cafeteria room and leave the lights off. I would then pull out my ereader and read until I had just enough time to walk to my first class.
I would have gone to the library but again, the library was always surprisingly too loud and several groups of students always used the space to socialize before the first bell.
In contrast, the cafeteria was quiet in the mornings. Since the lights were turned off, most people assumed it wasn't a place to enter. I would use the time and space to calm down and mentally prepare for the day.
Some students realized that this cafeteria would be a great place to hang out. One day a small group of three came in and sat at one of the tables. They didn't pay any attention to me and left after their talk was over. All this time the lights are still off as if we all want to stay hidden. Thinking about it now, a couple could have done some sinister things in there... But back then there weren't as many crazy things happening in schools.
I don't think I was completely ignored though.
One day on my way to my first class after yet another session of reading in the cafeteria, a group of students gathered at the base of the stairwell chanted "weirdo! Weirdo!" Until I made my way up the stairs. People nearby looked around confused, probably thinking "What's going on?" But I knew then they had caught on to my morning routine. I stopped going there after that and just endured the noisy minutes in the library before first bell.
The happy ending to this short story is that I found a couple of acquaintances to chat with before class. Turns out one was in my class, and had shared interests.
John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.