You’re All Sixes And Sevens

| USA | Learning | October 7, 2016

(In my middle school, the seventh to ninth graders each have their own lunch period. My friend had a crazy growth spurt the summer before we started seventh grade, and at the age of 13 he’s already almost six feet tall. It’s our first day of middle school, and while waiting in line to pay for my lunch, I see the lunch lady confront my friend.)

Lunch Lady: “Put the food down and get out of here.”

Friend: “Wh-what?”

Lunch Lady: “You don’t belong here. Get out of here and go to class.”

Friend: “I’m— this is my lunch period. I’m in seventh grade. ”

Lunch Lady: “You are NOT in seventh grade. Get out of line and go to class.”

(My friend, who was VERY shy, didn’t know what to do, so he just left his food at the counter and wandered off. I found out later that he didn’t eat lunch for three days, until one of the teachers finally found out what happened and managed to convince the lunch lady that he really was only 13.)

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