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23 Mar 2011, 2:46 pm

I was just talking to my friend and she finds it amazing I didn't go to the lunch room once between 6th grade and 12th grade (plus an extra year I stopped going for a while).



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23 Mar 2011, 3:24 pm

I used to be a VERY strict rule follower until around 10th grade. Every school year from Kindergarten-the beginning of 10th grade I sat in the cafiteria and hated it. It was always too loud and too chaotic for me. Even at the preschool I attended for a few months, I hated it when they would put us all in this room to eat lunch. They assigned seats and I had no choice but to sit with a child on either side of me. I like to have a seat between me and the next person. I hated being so close to them while they yelled to one another, chewed loudly making those gross mushy sounds, and pressing in on me from either side. But I did it because that was the rule. It wasn't until 10th grade that I called bullsh*t on thet rule and stopped going into the cafiteria. It seemed to be getting increasingly loud in there (but really, I just wasnt tolerating it as well) so I would often skip lunch and go hide in the library. By 11th grade I was getting in trouble for refusing to sit in there (I was on a medication that increased my panic attacks so...i really wasn't handling it well). I was actually put in detention for "defiance" over the issue a few time before teachers decided that it wasn't worth the effort.


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23 Mar 2011, 3:26 pm

I never went to the lunch room.


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23 Mar 2011, 3:27 pm

In high school I used to get caught skipping lunch when the library was closed. I begged to not go and almost cried I remember. One of the school guards would see me and would talk to me but she didn't mind that I wasn't in lunch because she knew how I felt about it. I was taken to the dean office and almost suspended for it. I just sat in a corner in my own world, unblinking with wide eyes. Which they found strange.



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23 Mar 2011, 3:32 pm

Yes ... then no. Elementary school was fine. It all went south in middle school, where I came to view the cafeteria as a sort of torture chamber. When I went to high school, I got special permission to take an extra class during lunch time, leaving no room in my schedule for an entire period of lunch. I just ate quietly during class, and I think that probably saved my life (or someone else's) when I think about it.


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23 Mar 2011, 3:33 pm

From 6th through 12th grade... less than 10 times. I only did it when the teachers that let me staying in their classroom during lunch (completely unsupervised while they were off eating lunch themselves) were out sick.



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23 Mar 2011, 3:35 pm

I was in the lunch room once in seventh grade, not to actually eat but I needed to get a teacher who was in there. I got hit in the head several times by "paper bullets".

I finally got to stay in department head offices. It was fun! I would often stay in the history department and debate about politics. I would sometimes stay in science and learn new things. I was always more advanced than the class (despite my bad grades) so I was given other things to work on.



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23 Mar 2011, 3:39 pm

I usually do, but I hate it. I either sit at my own table alone and do some homework or go outside and walk around for 20 minutes while I'm eating my disgusting food.



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23 Mar 2011, 3:42 pm

I'm only in the lunchroom for a few minutes a day so I can eat. I spend the rest of my time in the school library.



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23 Mar 2011, 3:43 pm

Orcist wrote:
I'm only in the lunchroom for a few minutes a day so I can eat. I spend the rest of my time in the school library.


In my school once you were in the lunch room, you had to stay.



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23 Mar 2011, 3:49 pm

I NEVER thought I'd feel the "I'm so revealed that I'm not alone with this" feeling, but I'm certainly feeling it now. Remembering how I simply couldn't handle the lunch room bothered me for so many years.

Until I discovered AS, I blamed myself for not being able to handle it. I thought I was just weak. This was one of the major baggage items that I reflected on time and time again, but couldn't figure out until I found out I had AS.

I just want to offer a big-sappy-completely-non-sexual-internet-hug to everyone else that had a hard time with this.



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23 Mar 2011, 3:59 pm

I hated it, but I never had a choice in the matter.



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23 Mar 2011, 4:12 pm

When I was in HS my parents wanted me to get my working papers but I just couldn't. The only way to get it was to go to this little office that was located in the lunch room. It was only open during lunch hours. I once lost my school idand didn't go to school for like 2 weeks because I didn't want to have to go to the lunch room to get another one. I asked several times if someone else could get it like a dean or something and they always said no. It was very stressful. I ended up going when they closed after the lunch period and like basically begging.

I had to take a picture and I tried to smile. Three people in the office were watching me and laughed at me when I smiled. When I got the picture it didn't really look like a smile.



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23 Mar 2011, 4:18 pm

In all my schoolyears, we had to eat in the cafeteria. I just ate with my best friend. I actually didn't find the cafeteria too bad for me, but PE class was a different story.


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23 Mar 2011, 4:35 pm

glider18 wrote:
In all my schoolyears, we had to eat in the cafeteria. I just ate with my best friend. I actually didn't find the cafeteria too bad for me, but PE class was a different story.


I think I'll make a topic about that as well... I actually NEVER participated past third grade.



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23 Mar 2011, 4:56 pm

RainingRoses wrote:
It all went south in middle school, where I came to view the cafeteria as a sort of torture chamber.


And here I always thought that was what they intended. :lol:

It was one of the few things I could never figure out a workaround to escape, at least most of the time. I learned to endure it - surviving my own parents taught me that much - but I always thought I was an idiot for being so intimidated by a big room full of people all making noise, until I figured out I had AS.

Now - that's how my brain is wired. Anyone who doesn't like it can deal with it... :P


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