The natural order of things.
I graduated from high school ten years ago next month, and have barely set foot inside a high school since. I had to go to one today for work, and I noticed something: The kids seemed really upbeat and happy.
My natural reaction to this was, WTF?!? Granted, the kids were out of class for a pep rally (don’t bother wondering why I was at a high school pep rally for work, its nowhere near as intriguing as it sounds) but still. During the bygone days of my teen years, we were all a bunch of sullen malcontents who only hated one thing more than being in class, and that was pep. My school barely had a cheerleading squad. Our sports teams were full of kids who weren’t good enough for private schools. Showing anything resembling “school spirit” was grave offense in the social order of things.
But here were these kids, with their skinny jeans (that’s still going on?) and Keds, all smiling like they were actually happy to be alive. Is this a Southern California thing? Has “Friday Night Lights” made pep rallies cool? Why do I suspect a complicated formula of VH1, sushi and Jimmy Fallon is to blame?
Anyway, my worldview is kind of in disarray here. If you need me, I’ll be reading The Catcher in the Rye and writing love songs about Gavin Rossdale.