During an extended weekend off from school, students can only dream of the smell of the Pine Sol that lurks throughout the halls of LFHS, or the lovely man-musk emanating from the locker room. When they hear the sound of a bell ringing from a sports game they’re attending–or even a game show on television–they are immediately transported to the corridors of the LFHS, and can hear the tone of the bell signaling first period. The hallways full of screeching students conjure an image of being buried in a crash of Rhinos, maneuvering through a fire ant-infested mud field. We were able to catch up with some LFHS students to have them assist us on an enlightening endeavor to answer the age-old question: what they miss most about our school during their action-packed or laid-back weekends. I offered the students the following question. For the purpose of anonymity, we have removed the names of the students who chose to answer.
Over an extended weekend, I’m sure it was a bit sad being away from this place longer than usual. What did you miss most about the school at the time you were away?
“While watching a movie at home, I needed to use the restroom. I was very upset when I realized that I was ALONE. I wasn’t in the buzzing social center of the school amid the pervasive fragrance of watermelon or menthol-mint. I miss waiting in line and meeting three of my friends and maybe awkwardly standing next to someone I have “beef” with while going to the bathroom. Also, I miss the occasional encounters with Myles, the janitor, when he comes to clean up the avalanche of paper towels toppling over. All in all, the bathroom experience at LFHS is what I miss the most.”
“Every time I think about school, Jacobs’ face pops up in my head. During this long weekend, the thing I missed most was the kid that sits next to me in my AP Lit class. Jacob is a total homie. He always carries two packs sugar-free Winterfresh, Extra gum, or occasionally Juicy Fruit. You see, I don’t really like to buy it so I never have it at home, leaving me to think about Jacob and his gum all weekend. Sometimes when Jacob isn’t there I find a little present left for me under the desk, and sometimes it’s even chewed!”
“Oh, God. What do I miss most? Well, I like the school food. . . does that count? Yeah, yeah. I miss the food. I like eating some nuggs [chicken nuggets] and the big burrito bowls. While waiting for my nuggs I get to talk to one of the 300 people huddled into the compact space in the lunch line. Even though there are people bumping around, maybe yelling a little, I’m a fan of the food.”
“Lol, I got it. The thing I miss the most is the kid next to me in math class. He is always helping me, except when he starts to fall asleep. Every block period he walks in late wearing pajamas with a cup of tea in his hand. But even that doesn’t quite keep him awake. You can tell he is dozing off when his head starts to slowly fall, his eyes slowly shut, and a few seconds later his neck suddenly jerks and his eyes widen.”
After taking these students’ perspectives into account, I have come to the conclusion that we should probably have school every day of the week. The easiest and most effective way to help these students overcome melancholy feelings and the absence of pure joy is attending school seven days a week. To help lessen the heartache of your student body, please share this article.