In this chapter I will discuss how to this day whenever I find out that a kid is in seventh grade, I'll go "do you hate it?" And I'm always surprised when they go "no! Seventh grade is awesome!" And then I call that kid a liar--sometimes to his/her face, but only if the kid's parent is out of earshot.
Anyway. I hated junior high school and when I look at pictures of myself from then, it's clear why I did. I was all nose and glasses and pimples. Also, we had to do squat thrusts in gym class every day while wearing green jumpsuits. My jumpsuit didn't fit. Whereas my nose was too big for my face, my jumpsuit was too small for my butt. Can you say uncomfortable?
The good news was that I had a friend who was as geeky as I was. Gigi Ballif. I also had a friend who was not geeky--Becky Brown. She was elected "Miss Hi" and her boyfriend, Rusty Boshard, was elected "Mr. Hi" the first week of school. I'm not making that up. The good news was that Becky said hi to geeks.
And that's how we became life-long friends.