Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Breakin the rules- Possession Blog hop

Possession by Elana Johnson comes out today! Did you got a copy? Mine was delivered to my Kindle.

To celebrate there is a bloghop- tell about a time you broke the rules.

When I was little I was obsessed with the Boogie Man. See I wasn't sure if he was really all that scary. If his name was any indication it seemed like he might be a good dancer and I wanted to see if my suspicions were correct.

One day in an effort to make sure the Boogie Man would pay a visit I broke every rule I could. I was around 4 or 5 at the time. I stood at the top of the slide and said every swear word I knew. I went to the bathroom outside. I changed my clothes and made a mess of my room. I threw rocks out of the rock bed in the back yard.
My mom was so mad at me that day. She brought me in the house and sent me to my room.

As she was bringing me to my room telling me about the trouble I was in I looked at her and asked, "Do you think the Boogie Man will come?"

Senior Skip Day

As a teenager I didn't break too many rules. I followed the letter of the law. For example I was at school even if I wasn't in gym class. I was also good at covering my rule breaking. It wasn't skipping gym if I was going to a debate tournament or working on the school newspaper.

But Senior Skip Day was different. I only had one more month to be a high school student. After that it was college and then adulthood. I woke up that morning and asked my mom to call me in sick for senior skip day. See I knew that none of the other Seniors would be in class that day. If I did go to school I'd be the only person in a lot of my classes. So I skipped. I didn't go to the county park and party which was the cool thing to do on Senior Skip Day. I just didn't go to school.

The next day in Mr. Burr's Latin class he was passing back a pop quiz he'd given the day before on Senior Skip Day. There was only one Latin class and it was mixed level so there were Seniors but there were also students from other grades. When the seniors who'd skipped the day before asked about making up the quiz he said there was no make up quiz. I was pretty upset about this because at this point I was getting an A in Latin and missing a quiz wasn't going to help that. I begged to take the quiz. I explained that I wasn't even at the park with all the other seniors. That I simply hadn't been at school that day.

Mr. Burr said, "Well Carrie, I'm afraid you've shot yourself in the academic foot."

That line pretty much stuck with me. Not that I wouldn't break the rules again just that if I did I'd know I might be shooting myself in the academic foot.


Matthew MacNish said...

That bit about the boogie man being a good dancer is absolutely adorable.

Carrie said...

Ha! Your boogie man logic is classic :)

Meredith said...

Haha, you sound like you were such a cute kid! And your high school self sounds like my high school self. Breaking the rules just had too many consequences.

Nichole Giles said...

What a meanie-for-a-Latin-teacher. But I love the boogie man rule-breaking day!

Melissa Dymock said...

Did he ever come? Way to leave us hanging.

Julie said...

The boogie man being a good dancer cracked me up. Great stories! :)

Christina Lee said...

I loved your stories----darn Latin techer (but interesting that it "stuck" with you)!