This morning, while on my walk, I sent out the following twitter:
"Extra layer of warmth for walk today was a smart move. Still not as cold as when I would walk a mile in the snow, uphill, to school."
I'm not going to whine about how cold it is today because I'm from Maine and I know real cold. I also know the second sentance of that tweet is actually the truth. For 2 years I walked a mile to school every day, no matter what the weather, and there was a hill I had to trek up at the end. Then, once I got to school, I'd have to wait outside with everyone else until the bell rang. I usually didn't thaw out until second period. I'm sure there are other people who can relate. Most schools had a rule that if you lived less than 1 mile from the school, they would not provide bus service. Here's the really crazy part.....I could have taken the bus.....my house was 1 mile from the school.
I lived in California during my elementary school years and, part way through my 4th grade year, we moved and I had to go to a new school. The school I left behind was really nice. There were small classes and everyone got along. When I started the new school I discovered I was in a whole new world. On my first day I was challanged to a fight after school. The girl later backed down because she decided she liked me. This school also became my first experience with "The Clique". Back then I didn't know the term "clique" but I could see the kids would divide themselves into different groups during recess. If you didn't know the secret "code" of the group, you weren't invited to join. I found the whole thing rather strange but knew I wanted to belong somewhere, I just wasn't sure which group would accept my code.