What were you doing on the elementary school playground?

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02 Nov 2011, 8:52 pm

I only remember fragments of my early childhood. First and second grade I recall inviting several kids to a birthday party so I did have a nice amount of friends (I guess).

Third grade I had moved to a new school so I had to start over. There was a group of 'popular' girls that I hovered around (seriously--I stood near them whenever they sat on top of the monkey bars and didn't speak a word to them....must have creeped them out) but I did manage to make friends with many other oddballs like myself.

Once I entered middle school, I basically started over again since friends had different classes or went to another school altogether. That's essentially when my social anxiety sprouted and sent me spiraling down a dark, friendless path.


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02 Nov 2011, 8:54 pm

I went around the playground observing what other kids were doing. However, there was a section of the playground with two big tunnels. One tunnel was always full of girls (the Girls' Tunnel) while the other was almost always empty (the Boys' Tunnel). I spent many recesses farting whilst running through the Girls' tunnel. To me, it was the funniest thing ever.



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03 Nov 2011, 1:17 am

Sitting at the classroom door, reading a book :P



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03 Nov 2011, 4:50 am

At Infants school, when I was aged 4-7, I remember playing with some of the other girls in my class, but every single day they would always play horses, and I grew bored of playing horses all the time, so I switched to somebody else, but they always liked playing with the skipping ropes, and I never could be able to skip properly, so I found games to play on my own. I didn't really like playing on my own much, but at that age it was easier to just throw yourself into other people's games, and vice versa, without being rejected. I remember I was playing rabbits on my own, and two random little boys came upto me and wanted to play too, so I explained that I was a rabbit, and they too joined in being rabbits, and it was fun.


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03 Nov 2011, 5:04 am

I sat at the edge of the playground and read. Pretty much exclusively.


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03 Nov 2011, 12:15 pm

Sat in a corner of the playground alone, writing, drawing or reading. Sometimes I'd sleep until the bell rang to signal that we had to go back inside. I also spent a lot of time being bullied unfortunately. I rarely played with other kids because they always had to teach me what to do. I guess they found it frustrating trying to play with somebody who didn't know how to do pretend play properly. I did have friendships, but not many. One friend was a boy who made up a game with me where we'd run into walls and see who could run into it the hardest.



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03 Nov 2011, 4:40 pm

first grade all the way to third grade i think, there was a long hold in the ground, like a tunnel, about a few feet long, with a pole stuck above it that served as a bridge. i walked that all recess long, back and forth, or walked back and forth in the backyard, flapping my fingers. every once in a blue moon i played with other kids.
later i started staying in the classroom, not really knowing what to do and trying to find things to do but usually not talking to the others. as a teenager i talked to other teens during breaktime, on slight occasions.



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03 Nov 2011, 4:47 pm

I played kickball with the boys. I was the only girl and I loved it. The girls played hopscotch and jumproped and I thought that was incredibly lame.


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03 Nov 2011, 8:04 pm

Being baited by teachers and students biting and than being caned for my misdemeanors up to 3 times on each hand. Back even further up to the 50's apparently people got caned for being "lazy" stupid" or "slow" thankfully I was spared that humiliation the schools where quite happy to just let me fail!

And no I did not grow up in Singapore or Saudi Arabia but Australia yes you read correctly Australia.



Naturally I appose all forms of corporal punishment only a sick minded conservative would have such strange views (quite possibly Texan) . It doesn't solve anything "real world" actually if I had been give a gun (real world) I'd done a Columbine one scumb bag at time bang bang your dead .

I can even sympathises with those "killers" sadly not a a lesson has been learned as Homer Simpson would say in his glazed over eyes Marge I have not learned a thing same ol same ol I suppose....


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03 Nov 2011, 10:49 pm

Early grades: I was in my own little parallel universe. I pretended that different landmarks on the playground were places in my imaginary world...my imagination was very vivid at this time. I created cities in the playground sand.

Later grades: I sat in the same place every day by the fence, listening to music or drawing. I also played with kids from the younger grades (grades 1-3) because I found older kids too confusing, complex and intimidating.


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04 Nov 2011, 12:11 am

Following the supervising teacher around reciting my multiplication tables, or eating leaves. Seriously, no one thought that was a little odd?!



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04 Nov 2011, 12:24 am

I walked around in circles or sat on the parallel bars. I also ate some of the plants around the playground.



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04 Nov 2011, 4:22 am

scmnz wrote:
I told stories to myself in my head (hard to explain, it was like making up audiobooks I guess) while I wondered around the playground alone ignoring everyone else. I tried sports once or twice, but I always did something wrong and got yelled at. Mostly I learned avoiding people was the safest option.


This is pretty much exactly what I did. I'd wander around or swing by myself and think up stories. When I got home, I'd go out into the backyard and bounce a ball off of the shed wall for hours or swing some more, continuing my made-up story lines.

I was doomed to be a starving writer from day one. :lol:



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04 Nov 2011, 8:11 am

I usually avoided the playground/canteen and sought refuge in the library because we weren't allowed to stay in class during breaks. I was usually the only student in the library.

Occasionally when someone did come into the library, I would stay in the toilet cubicles.



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08 Nov 2011, 5:25 am

Always sitting by myself with the other kids alternating between studiously ignoring me and using me as a verbal puching bag.


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