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.
You know that old saying, you don’t know where you are going unless you know where you been? In order for you to be comfortable with me, I want to share some of my past. The next couple of posts will reveal some information from my past.
First up, let’s talk my elementary school years. Age 6-11. Here’s some cool and embarrassing facts about me:
I was really thin as a child. It was combination of genetics and being somewhat active.
I felt like the X-Men character Longshot because EVERYTHING went my way. Especially at school
Despite the big ears and widows peak, the young ladies loved the kid!
Every year there would be a new girl that was obsessed with me. From Kindegarten to 1st, a girl in my neighborhood would give me a lollipop every time we played. In third grade, I had a classmate stalk and follow me all the way home…..That one was a little bit creepy
I use to beat up kids that were bullies. I was really really good at fighting. I watched wresting a lot as a kid and came up with my own finisher move. It was called the Mumbo Jumbo (Based off a villain from a cartoon called SilverHawks). Many bullies feel victim to it!
What’s funny is the fact that teachers always had me as their ideal behavioral student. I would use that to my advantage. If a kid bullied another kid consistently, I would beat the bully up when nobody was around.
Sometimes the bully would threaten to tell. I would simply say: “Who’s the teacher/principal going to believe, you the troublemaker or ME?”
To me there were only two states in the US, Virginia and Ohio. Virginia felt like another country to me whereas Ohio was my home.
Those feelings came from being born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moving to Virginia at age six. A aunt moved to Virginia from Germany, so my mind always treated Virginia as this foreign country as a child.
Family and friends that know me from childhood all say the same thing…..Mike was so quiet!
Being quiet throughout the school year bottled up inside and exploded during the summer. My Aunt Pam and cousins got to see the hyper goofy Mike often during summers in Cincinnati. Give me ten minutes after a good dinner, and you were bound to see this side of me in the summer.
I hung out with kids that were older than me majority of the time. I have a brother that’s four years older than me, plus an older cousin that I lived with during this period. I use to hang out with them and their friends more than my own age group.
From age six to eight, I was active in my neighborhood. I would bike ride, walk, and play neighborhood group games. Oh how I miss the neighborhood tag games, water gun fights, hide and seek…..Do kids still do that stuff anymore?
From nine to eleven, I wasn’t as active. My family moved to a different neighborhood for the third time since moving to Virginia.
I just didn’t have the drive to make new friends in the neighborhood. Only time I went past my block was when I walked to school.
Now that I’ve shared my past, what did you do as a kid?