Schools are re-opened once again, I’m in grade 9 by the way. I woke up early in the morning and my mother didn’t have to wake me up, my father had already left (he’s the early bird of the house) I made my way to the bathroom and took a bath, in that process I just sat there thinking how my day was going to be like, I had to move along with my parents as they both found a new house along with new jobs so I had to leave my former school and tag along with them leaving my friends and teachers.
I always hated being the new kid on the block not to meantion in the class, so there I was done bathing and putting on my new uniform looking in the mirror and thinking to myself “Maybe all this is not so bad afterall”… I love the house and the yard is pretty cool. I sat and had my breakfast watching TV, I remembered the previous day my dad telling me a blue transport was to stop by our gate to fetch me for school so I sat there with the door opened, that’s when my mom woke up, I knew my her footsteps that she finally decided to wake up.
Mom: “Good morning, you’re up early. Do you have everything ready?”
Me: “Yes mom, dad left so early I didn’t ask him for money.”
Mom:” Here,” (She whipped out fifty bucks)
I looked at her and wondered how come she never gave me such an amount of money while I was at my previous school but didn’t ask.
Me: “Thanks mom, I’m nervous.”
Mom:” Don’t be my baby, I’m sure you’ll make friends right away, you look handsome. Now take your bag and wait by the gate.”
Me: “Okay mom.”
So I waited by the gate and got bored with myself, I looked down the street and there was nothing, finally! A blue taxi came by blasting music and I knew it came for me, I had to silently practise my greeting to the driver and my fellow students.
It stopped and I hopped in.
Driver: “Good morning, you must be Bob.”
Driver:” Oh yes, your father said I’d get you here, are you new here?”
Me:” Yes, we just moved here last week.”
Driver:” How’s everything looking?”
Me:” I don’t know, I’ve been at home the whole time.”
Driver: “So you don’t have any friends?”
I looked at him and shook my head…
Driver:” Don’t worry kid, you’ll make friends, everyone this is Bobby he will be travelling with us from now on.”
Everyone greeted back and I went and sat right at the back looking at no one and asked the girl next to me how far our school was, she laughed and said very far so I just took off my bag and got comfortable.
The taxi finally got to the school and man it was huge, there were many kids there running around and walking around and I just hopped out the taxi and just stood there.
Girl: “Bobby.. Come on we have to go to the assembly.”
I ran off to her and walked side to side with her, their assembly was different to my former school’s assembly, they sat in a hall on chairs, we used to stand until the whole thing was over. When the assembly was done everyone was destained to their respected classed and I was still standing there so the girl offered to show me my class.
Girl:” You’re in grade 9 right? Here it is, I have to go..”
Me:” Thank you, I’m Bobby…”
Girl: “I know, I’m Thandeka.”
The teacher saw me outside and came to get me.
Teacher: “Hello, are you Bobby?”
Me: “Yes Ma’am…”
Teacher:” I have been expecting you, How are you?”
Me:” I am fine..”
Teacher:” Come in, let me introduce you to the class.”
I came in with her as she was holding my hand, coming in there were a lot of faces in that class and the fact that I didn’t know any of them haunted me hard!
Teacher:” Everyone this is Bobby.”
Class: “Good morning Bobby!!!”
Teacher: “Now before we begin our class, you all have to get to know each other so you’ll introduce yourselves… Bobby you go first.”
After she said that I was still holding on tight to my bag straps and just kept swallowing saliva, I was so nervous so I took off my bag.
Me:” My name is Bobby and I am new here, I like playing sports and drawing…”
After saying that everyone was looking at me with no words as if I was about to say more as I quickly made my way to the back and sat down.
Teacher: “Well done Bobby! Sipho you’re next…”
Everyone introduced themselves, until the boy who was sitting before me stood and made his way to the front, I couldn’t keep my eyes off him and wondered to myself if he was the popular kid around because he was so handsome.
He introduced himself and said his name was Simon, after he was done he sat down. The teacher started speaking and all that was in my head was the boy sitting in front of me. I was still shy at the moment.
It was break time and we all went out the class, I sat with some boys and noticed Simon was sitting alone under a tree, as those boys were talking I went off to Simon, on my way I had to practise once more on what I was going to say to him and not intirely act weired because I seemed to like him.