Whenever I see school children, it reminds me of a time long ago, a time where life was simpler. There was no Internet, children actually go outside to play with other children. Video games just caught on, the most popular being Street Fighter II. Dragon Ball was a big hit. Almost all boys read the manga and buy the cards, which was quite a craze. Favourite cartoon includes Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles, and Transformers etc.
Warning: Long winded story.
I also remember in primary (elementary) school, boys and girls are extremely gender conscious. Meaning to say, boys will only mix with boys and girls will only mix with girls. Seldom do one see individual from either genders making friends with each other.
Boys generally will make fun of girls, call them names and laugh at the girly things they do. Despite these somehow nasty actions, this can also be interpreted as an alternative though peculiar way of expressing affection. Boys are terrible at expressing themselves sometimes.
I also recall we used to sit in groups in class and how friends always like to sit together. But the problem with friends sitting together is that they tend to talk and not pay attention during lessons. The teacher upon pinpointing out the talkative one will effectively (and perhaps to her own amusement) silence him by relocating him to a desk surrounded by girls. Imagine the awkwardness. But that worked pretty well I must admit.
When it comes to PE lessons, the PE teacher always like to separate the boys and girls into two groups. The boys will go about playing their sports and the girls doing whatever they are doing which I can’t really recall. Only during the occasional games do both genders get to interact with each other which can be quite an embarrassing affair because it feels uneasy having body contact with someone you swore not to have any connection with. In actual fact, I think we are just shy.
And you know how friends tend to tease you when they see you with a female classmate in school? Rumors will then start flying how you have an interest in her and set both of you up as a couple! Needless to say both parties will feel extremely embarrassed but I guess deep down the boy enjoyed the attention, more so if the girl in question is cute and all.
All this changes when one gets to Secondary School (Junior High), where most boys will suddenly develop an interest in girls, or more specifically, boobs. Quiet, withdrawn guys unfortunately are always at the end of the line compared to the popular guys. It’s pity because in school (regardless of levels) is a great time to get to know girls, when things are simple and they have no expectations of you unlike when you get older, things get increasing complicated and the challenges are so much higher. Does not matter if thing do not work out. It’s the memory that counts. Do not leave any regrets of youth.
P.S. K-ON! on my watch list this new season.