Today I will continue with the theme from a previous blog, 11 Embarrassing Behavior Traits about Mike: Elementary School Years. I decided to go back in time and share some more traits I held as a kid.
What happens when you eat lots of junk food but never exercise? You’re most likely going to start packing on weight. That’s exactly what happened to me between fifth and sixth grade.
In sixth grade, one teacher told me that I reminded her of a previous student. I never realized just what my body truly physically looked like up until that point. No disrespect to the other kid, but it was a clear sign that I was no longer skinny Mike.
I have a brother who is four years older than me. When he went through his middle school years, he started to put on weight. From that moment on in his life, he’s always been built like a football offensive linemen.
I thought that I was destined to share the same fate. I started to hear the fat jokes about me. I had one nickname from my brother and dad called Bubba. Not sure where it came from exactly, but during these years that name just reminded me of a guy who’s overweight.
I always watched TV over the years but it seemed to become my life during these years. Cartoons, video games and sitcoms were my binge drugs of choice. I would easily average four to six hours of watching TV a day.
My true best friend was the TV. It would take me to worlds where I could get lost in my imagination. It taught me right from wrong with it’s public service announcements. The only time it abandoned me was when I turned it off.
Given the awkward years of puberty, I became quieter during middle school. I can recall classes in which I only had to speak once the entire school year!
If kids kept calling me quiet, I just kept up that persona around that individual. When I was at school, I didn’t care for being Mr. Popular.
During my middle school years, my family moved after sixth grade. When that move happened, I had to start making friends all over again due to a new school and neighborhood. It completely deflated me at that time.
I dreaded making new friends only to lose them again. It became pointless in my young mind. I did end up making some good friends at my new school. I became part of a five kid clique who all lived in different neighborhoods. We had almost all the same classes so that’s how we became tight.
In my own neighborhood, I did not try to make friends. The only kids I hung out with in my neighborhood were the kids that my grandma would babysit.
Being quiet, chubby with only a handful of friends made my confidence low. In the elementary article, I mentioned how lucky I was. During these years, I felt that karma was coming back around and that’s why I wasn’t as great as I use to be.
Kids become crueler as they approach the teenage years. You start seeing kids taking a mob mentality. I would shy away from big groups and not try to be known at school to avoid such mobs.
Well there you have five traits from middle school. It’s amazing how much I changed from elementary to middle school. Puberty sucks right! Share your experiences with me below.