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Chuck Hinman: IJMA 039 - School days bugaboos

Chuck Hinman, It's Just Me Again 039: School days bugaboos -- choosing up sides
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By Chuck Hinman

My school days experiences both in New Hope country grade school and Liberty (Nebraska) High School were generally wonderful.

There was one thing I dreaded like the plague. It was when a sport was to be played which required two sides. Usually the two best athletes in the school were the team captains and they were to choose their team from the assortment of boys available. I always dreaded that because of the likely embarrassment of being chosen last or next to last. I wasn't athletically gifted. It was like as if I, and a couple rag-tag others were booby prizes, and they had to choose between us because there wasn't anyone left to choose. All the jocks had been chosen.

In the lower grades, it wasn't so bad because you could rationalize being chosen last because you were in first grade and you were too little to be any good. But when you are still being chosen last when you are larger than the team captains, well, then there are obviously other factors like you are "athletically dysfunctional" and everyone in school knows that. Ooh, that smarts!

I suspect there will be a bunch of my readers who will admit that they dreaded the same thing I did when sides were being chosen.

One other embarrassment I suffered about the same time was this. When I entered Liberty High School, we had to take a gym class whether we wanted to or not. One of the requirements was that you wear a "jock strap" sometimes called an athletic supporter.

The Liberty Drug Store carried athletic supporters so I got one. But there was a problem. There were no instructions that told how to put it on and without Mom's help (after all I'm in the 9th grade and too old to ask her to help me) I managed to put it on backwards. What difference did it make; it didn't have much to support any way I wore it! I have never lived that down!

I'm so glad school days are over and I don't have to worry about being chosen last or putting my jock strap on backwards. It's an easy mistake to make when you're in the 9th grade and still a little boy in a big school.

Written by Chuck Hinman

This story was posted on 2012-10-07 04:07:54
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