It has been a while since I have posted a flashback Friday! I have been thinking all day today (off and on) about what I should post. I decided to post something that I would like my children and grandchildren to know someday: I actually did something nice in high school. For me, it seems like I did some things that were not nice things in high school, that I treasure the moments when I did something right.
I was in a body sculpting class for PE, and I had made a few good friends in there. Everyday we had to walk or run three miles on the track, so my little group of friends and I would get together and chat. One day when we were walking out to the track, this girl walks up to me and goes off, ” Why are you talking about me, you think your so cool with your friends, and you are sitting there talking trash about me”. I was shocked, mostly because I wasn’t talking about her at all! I tried to explain to her that I was not talking bad about her, or talking about her period. She would not listen, she just kept saying, ” I saw you looking at me and laughing, you think your so smart, but you better watch it”. I was so embarrassed because it was in front of everyone, plus I was upset because it came from nowhere. I didn’t even know this girl, let alone talk about her.
I though a lot about this for a few weeks. It really bothered me that she did that, and I was trying to think of a way to show her that I hadn’t been talking bad about her. The more I thought, I realized that maybe she was super self-conscious because she didn’t have any friends in the class, or that she had no one to chat to during our walks.
Fast forward a month or so, it was Christmas time. For some reason my high school in Georgia went crazy during Christmas. Everyone brought bags of stuff to school, filled with presents for friends, cards and candy, and all kinds of other Christmas treats to hand out. I decided that I would use this time to settle my “battle” with this girl. I decided to give her a card with some candy. The card said something like, ” I am sorry that we had a misunderstanding, but I hope things can be cool between us”. Anyway, so body sculpting comes, and everyone is exchanging cards and treats. I walked over and handed mine to her, and just said “Here you go, I made this for you” and walked away. As we were walking out to the track, she ran up to me, and her normally sour face and a huge smile on it. She said, “Thank you so much, this is the only card I got today. I am sorry I over reacted, I realize now I was wrong, and I am sorry. ” We talked for a little bit, and introduced each other, and that was that! I am so glad that I settled that, and that we were able to be acquaintances. Unfortunately, we didn’t become best friends, and she didn’t join my walking group, but I did notice that she made friends with some other girls in the class, and we occasionally talked while working out in the weight room.
I am glad I made that choice that day, and it makes me feel good that I was able to make someones day during a somewhat selfish stage of my life.