What I Wish I Knew: the Laundry Truck
My mother has three—and only three—stories about high school, which she continually tells on a rotating basis. The first is about cutting her afternoon classes to watch the show Dark Shadows through the window of a neighborhood television store, and the second is about making her own freeze-dried coffee in the basement of her best friend's house (who knows, it was the 60’s…).
Granted, neither of those two stories have any real significance, not to mention she probably shouldn't have planted the idea of skipping my afternoon classes. However, the third story was a little nugget of wisdom that I wish I knew the value of when I was in high school: that the hottest, most popular guy in her class—the one with the best hair, the best smile, the best car—grew up to drive a laundry truck.
I wish I knew that the most popular people in high school would probably peak in high school, paving the way for the rest of us to have our time to shine when it really mattered: adulthood. You know, the little part of your lifetime AFTER those four years. And that’s when it really matters, right? All of the details and stories created in high school will boil down to an overall experience eventually and who you have become in the real world because of that experience is what's most important.
I'll never forget the hottest guy in my class, super popular, not so smart, personality like cardboard, kind of a jerk but boy, was he adorable to look at. Making googly eyes at him throughout high school, I wish I knew that within the first few months after graduating he'd get himself into some serious trouble, be kicked out of school, move back in with his parents, and have his braces put back on. Sort of a metaphorical laundry truck, right?
So take a look at the kind-of cute girl or guy, the one sitting next to the hottest one, the one who isn't particularly popular and flies under the radar of most social circles, but is pretty smart and makes you laugh. Give it a few years, because he or she could soon be the real catch. They'll be even smarter and funnier than they were in high school, able to crack jokes and reminisce about those awkward four years, as the two of you watch the laundry truck drive by.
Lauren is a recent college grad who is putting her new-found wisdom to use here on Stay Teen. She loves watching Cash Cab, shopping for shoes online, and writing for us. Want to ask Lauren a question? Send us an email!