Since my mother complained that my last
article was too negative, I am going to make this week’s
piece a bit more positive. So, I’m going to countdown my Top
Five Summer Discoveries So Far.
#5 – My high school actually stayed open
weeks after it closed. In other words, the receptionists are
detained in the schools long after the students have fled. I
visited my school a while back to get my verification of
enrollment in order to finally get a driving permit. Indeed,
lights were off and halls were deserted. No random backpack
straps were sticking out of overstuffed and incompletely
closed lockers. No obnoxious throngs of people were blocking
the halls. But, at the front desk and upstairs in the
counselor’s suite, receptionists were still working. Horror
story: the school never closes.
#4 – Most eligible kids get a summer job.
Reasons? Often boredom. More often to get quick cash. Rarely
for enjoyment. Nonetheless, summer means the filling of
booths, counters, and restaurants with bored teenagers.
#3 – Having no serious obligations means
that nothing will get done. Seriously. Since I don’t really
have grades, clubs, or teachers to worry about, I don’t feel
pressing needs to do anything. So, virtually nothing gets
done, and, as I descend deeper into the summer spirit, I
make more trips to the fridge and television than anywhere
else. All distractions are black holes.
#2 – I can officially mix music with any
and every activity. I found out during the year that music
generally didn’t enhance my chemistry or precal
performances. However, now I can officially go back and
finally understand some of the mystery lyrics of songs on
CDs I had spent the year haphazardly shoving into the CD
#1 – There are twenty-four whopping hours
in a day. Amazing. And no matter how many of those you spend
sleeping and eating, there is still more than enough free
time to go around. Blocks of four or five free hours are
precious gifts after a year of packed agendas and schedules.
Epiphanies? Not really. But definitely
facts only recognizable after deep immersion in summer.