Brownsville

Go Straight Home After School

bklyn outside3 bklyn outside2bklyn outside1I didn’t realize that you could get in trouble at school for things you did outside of school.  It wasn’t on a field trip or any school sponsored event.  I simply decided not to go where I said I would go.

Sister Mary, the principal, and my parents thought I was going to the home of one of my friends and then a group of us decided to go to the friend’s house whose parents were not home.

It was just a group of girls sitting in a dark corner of a bedroom with the shades drawn.  It was the first I’d heard of this game – Truth or Dare.

“Have you ever kissed a boy?  With tongue?”

“Have you ever cheated on a test?”

“What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done and didn’t get caught?”

“Call your brother and ask him to give you $100.”

6pm – panic – parents home.  The fear was warranted.  A parent called the school.  Sister Mary divided us up the next day until someone caved and someone did spill their guts.  Punishment came from home and school.  I argued that the punishment wasn’t fair because I was close to home and I wasn’t with strangers.  No mercy received.

You might think I would learn my lesson and never detour on my way home again but you would be wrong.

 

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