AMY W. and MICHELLE M.!!!!!! * (*shouted while shaking my fists at the heavens).
Those are the names of the mean girls in my life. We were all friends in 7th grade–junior high–and wanted nothing more than to be cheerleaders. However, at our school, they wouldn’t let you try out for the squad until you were in 8th grade. So, we spent most of our “year of waiting” getting prepared. We went to cheer camp at the gymnastics center. We practiced our dance skills in Michelle’s basement, and our jump skills on Amy’s trampoline. We watched all the movies involving cheerleaders that we could (most of them featuring cheerleaders getting massacred by chainsaws, but their uniforms were cute!).
Then I came up with ***the*** idea. Why not go back to our old elementary school and ask to lead a 2 hour long 5th grade cheerleading camp? We could teach them everything we knew and continue our practice at the same time.
Amy and Michelle loved the idea.
And the school actually gave us (one 12 year old and two 13 year olds) permission to advertise the activity and to use the playground field after school for the camp (gotta love those pre-insurance waiver form, mid-80’s days!).
We planned and planned and planned—making lists of all the cheers we would demonstrate and the types of human pyramids we would build. We choreographed a totally rad dance to Yaz’s “Don’t Go” to teach them. Fliers were photocopied and hung around the school. 15 girls signed up! We were ready….. and we waited for Thursday at 3:45.
And now the mean part comes in.
Amy and Michelle rounded up all the girls who had signed up and held the camp on……. Wednesday……….without telling me…………just because they felt like it…….
I cried for 2 days straight. I would never treat a “friend” like that, and just couldn’t wrap my pre-teen brain around the concept of MEAN. My mom hugged me and told me all those things mom’s tell their kids to make them feel better (“they’re just jealous of you, honey….”).
I guess the best revenge was that *I* made cheerleader the next year—junior varsity captain even—and Amy and Michelle………didn’t. neener. neener.
And now it’s your turn—shout out the name(s) of the mean girl(s) in your life and I promise you’ll feel better — they’re just jealous of you anyway…..
THANKS ANGIE 🙂 ! Get home safely!