I Should Know Better


I should know better.

20  more days of school. The bitchers and complainers are in top form.  They band together like a pack of hungry wolves ready to pounce--or at least talk about pouncing.  They don't actually do anything. They just complain about it. Make up the rules they think they would like to have. But they won't do anything about anything because they don't want to get their hands dirty.

I should know better.

Bus evacuation drill this morning and for some reason, I stood with the B and C's.  WHY????

Just wasn't thinking.  But it didn't take long for the pouncing to start.

"Does anyone else see the shorts that are too short. Four of them, right in a row."
"Why do we have to tell them over and over again?"
"They are young adults. We should tell them once and expect them to remember."
"Yes. And if they wear them anyway, kick them out."
"We should have big baggy sweatpants for them."

You get the drift.  On and on.

But, not one of them stepped over to the girls and said anything about the shorts.

Not one.

Not one of them turned the girls in to the office.

Not one.

Because, evidently, it's more fun to complain about how nothing is ever done than it is to do something.

I left.  I suppose I should have said something, but I didn't think the shorts were bad.


  1. I'm proud of you for walking away, for not giving them your time. I wish I were strong enough to vocally say something to them. But I doubt my words will change them. I'm not sure the backlash is worth it.

  2. Preach it Sister! I think we all have the B's and C's in our lives. It's the same thing over and over again: wan wan wan wan wan (said like Charlie Brown's teacher). I have a friend who likes to do that and I call her on it if it's pointless stuff (like school work we have to do). But for the people I don't know, I think in my head of what my dad would always do: rub his thumb and pointer finger together and "play the world's smallest violin."

  3. I have tried being the policeman of the world, but mostly it just gets me in trouble. If I'm not going to do something about it, I try to get myself away from it.
    BTW, the "young adults" don't forget. They know who it bugs, and they would love to see someone say something - because they are the B and C groups in training. Those that are not in the B & C groups are quiet and dressed appropriately. Drama seems to be popular nowadays.

  4. This seems to be a common thread - no matter the occupation, club, group, etc. For those B & C'ers, it's easier to complain and gripe than to actually confront the issue. Hurrah for you walking away.

  5. Ugh! That's what I say! You did so beautifully just walking away-not worth the energy spent. I always, always wonder why people like that look for the bad (in their eyes) instead of all that is good, those wonderful, energetic young people who are our future! See, you've gotten me started, Deb. I wish I could be the policeman of the world! Thanks!

  6. Nicely done. I think it must be exhausting constantly complaining about the world and that must be why they do nothing. They are just too tired! I know I am tired of hearing conversations that seem to have no point. Ridiculous!

  7. "Because, evidently, it's more fun to complain about how nothing is ever done than it is to do something."

    Perhaps this is the heart of the problem.



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