Showing My Age

School… There are parts of it I love and parts of it I hate. Mostly the things I hate are the juvenile incentives for participation in practically everything. In all reality they wouldn’t seem juvenile if I had actually continued my education straight out of high school… But here we are. I’m almost thirty and “school spirit” severely annoys me. I feel like a dark cloud hanging over the younger students. Lol. I try not to squelch their enthusiasm, and always offer an encouraging word but it just comes off as pretentious. I’m going to get followed around by campus security here soon due to my loner tendencies and lack of participation. Lol. At least I’m not sporting the dark colors or Goth fashion anymore. 

It’s not that I don’t WANT to participate in these student body bonding experiences, I just don’t have time. I know what my goals are, and I have a family that takes priority over my schoolmates. Do I really want to go sit in a crowed arena watching a sport, or do I want to spend the weekend with Hubs and Little? I mean, really… I’m also at a social disadvantage because I never attended high school. I was homeschooled. Sports, and all other traditional school activities don’t bring back any nostalgia. I can’t get excited or enthused with out a great deal of effort. 

If I was single it would be a different story. Without my responsibility as a wife and mother (read: nothing better to do) I’d be all about participation in everything. I don’t think the contrast would be quite so stark. I should probably put a little more effort into participating in things and at least attempting to socialise. I will be stuck with these young people for the next six years as I continue my education, might as well make the best of it. Or befriend the head of campus security so I’m not put on some watch list somewhere. Lol.

2 thoughts on “Showing My Age

  1. What’s more pretentious, you faking encouragement for school spirit or school spirit in an institution that has to encourage school spirit? I fee for you–you’ve got to have your priorities–family should be number one. Wry sarcasm has always worked for me. Feel free to use it, there’s plenty to go around.

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  2. That’s true! I never thought about it like that. I have quite a bit of my own wry sarcasm. Lol. It doesn’t quite translate into print, but the sarcasm fairy has blessed me, for sure. 🙂

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