A Painful Song

| Philadelphia, PA, USA | Learning | November 4, 2015

(It’s my freshman year of high school and I’m rather shy. I get very anxious when a lot of attention is put on me, so naturally I don’t tell anyone that it is my birthday. Of course, some kids found out anyway.)

Student #1: “Hey! [Teacher]! It’s [My Name]’s birthday today!”

Teacher: “Really? Everyone, let’s sing happy birthday to [My Name]!”

Me: “No, really! It’s okay; you don’t have to!”

Class: *starts singing*

(I promptly start to panic, and in a desperate attempt to stop the song, I smack my face against the table so hard I nearly get a concussion. Everyone goes quiet.)

Teacher: “Maybe we shouldn’t sing…”

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