Theories of relativity. It’s a 6

No one believed me, not even my best friend and so, inevitable I would stand alone to face….the monster. Like steam fog hovering over a lake on a late autumn morning, the memory of its first arrival is clouded and yet the sensation it had always been there nagged me; trying to befriend me, it was masterful at misdirection.

Anointed by adults around me as “mature for my age”, I could easily acknowledge my youth and inexperience allowed for a boa constrictor grip to hold me captive to my own body, my own mind, silencing me – until 5th period science class on the last day of classes before spring break.

A nestling, safely tucked away in the last desk, 2nd row closest to the door, I waited in anticipation to be fed, knowing sustenance would soon be mine and sure enough, Mrs. C blew through the classroom door, soft waves of raven black hair moving effortlessly about her shoulders, gesturing animatedly; greeting us in her native language, “boa tarde alunos!”, she was hailed an enigma by students and faculty alike – she was by far my favorite teacher. Ahead of the academic curve, continuously challenging students to think “above and beyond” she introduced us to quantum physics, a subject I was passionate about, (it was my dream to become a quantum physicist one day), except no one really knew that about me.

I was “the weird kid, always sits in the back”, never participating in class discussions, never asking a question, never answering questions – until today when Mrs. C asked if anyone knew who Sean Carroll was; without thought, I raised my hand, answering before being called on… it was the day I slayed a monster.


28 thoughts on “Theories of relativity. It’s a 6

  1. UP March 21, 2020 / 12:20 pm

    I can realte – sort of. I was “the weird kid, NEVER SAT in the back”, AND I was ALWAYS participating in class discussions, ALWAYS ASKING AND ANSWERING a question, GOT MY A$$ KICKED A LOT! Good post , And you’re never late!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 21, 2020 / 12:44 pm

      LOL You would never catch me in the front seat or even close to the front seat! I envied kids like you.
      Except for any of the A$$ kicking that is 😀
      Thank you.


  2. Pat Brockett March 21, 2020 / 4:46 pm

    I was the quiet one sitting in the front listening but not wanting the teacher to call on me. 🙂
    This was a very entertaining SSS. Glad the monster got slayed!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 21, 2020 / 5:02 pm

      Which was why I wanted to sit in the back! You were very brave 😀
      I had an awful fear of being called on even though I often knew the answers, lol
      Thank you, Pat.


  3. clark March 21, 2020 / 6:42 pm

    Good Six.

    Good thing no one tells us what the early school years are really like! lol

    ( Why no, you won’t miss your bus and be left in school, you will get into the correct room and it will have other kids like you there, so there’s nothing to be frightened of
    … unless you count being in the adult world devoid of any significant status and, if you’re concerned about seeming like a little kid?
    Well, everything you fear at home will be whispering to everyone else, especially the teacher. Relax.

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  4. Kristi March 21, 2020 / 8:30 pm

    What a great feeling to slay that monster!

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  5. Rhen Laird March 22, 2020 / 1:03 am

    What a ride, I loved it!!

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  6. Chris Hall March 22, 2020 / 5:02 am

    Great story, Denise! Oh for such inspirational teachers. I have to confess I didn’t know your quantum physicist (I looked him up, of course). I’m a big fan of Brian Cox though.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 22, 2020 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you, Chris! Hopefully, we’ve all been lucky enough to have at least one such teacher. “Mrs. C” was based on one of my 6th grade teachers. She was a dynamo! I only recently came across Sean Carroll. My turn – will look up Brian Cox 🙂

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  7. Lisa A. Listwa March 22, 2020 / 10:04 pm

    Good one. I hated the front of the room – probably more because I just like to be able to see the whole room, take in all factors. But I also NEVER wanted to be called on, even though I knew the answers. From one “weird kid” to another – salute!

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  8. The Vintage Toy Advertiser March 23, 2020 / 10:52 am

    Cool. You nailed it. Weird kids at the back unite! And respect for those teachers who had vision.
    Lots of imagary, plus you managed to get the word ‘boa’ in there twice. Goodness knows why I noticed that. Bravo for the six! 🙂

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 23, 2020 / 12:27 pm

      Identify with that? lol Kudos to the vision!
      That’s funny! It kinda bugged me when I’d finished editing and noticed that, but nothing I could do about the Portuguese language 😀
      Thank you 🙂

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  9. GirlieOnTheEdge March 28, 2020 / 9:58 am

    btw, finally linked my 6 for this week’s SSS. Not too late, ya know 🙂 You still have time to produce a “feather boa”, lol “Just sayin’ Johnny” 😀


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