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4 On Wednesday night my mother helped me wash my hair. She set it in big rollers for me. I planned to sleep like that all night but after an hour they hurt my head so I took them out. On Thursday morning I got up early but I had trouble eating. My mother said it was natural for me to feel uneasy on the first day of school. She said when she was a girl she felt the same way. My mother’s always telling me about when she was a girl. It’s supposed to make me feel that she understands everything.

I put on my new blue plaid cotton back-to-school dress. My mother likes me in blue. She says it brings out the color in my eyes. I wore my brown loafers without socks. My mother thought that was dumb.

“Margaret, you have to walk three quarters of a mile.”

“So?”

“So, you know you get blisters every time you go without socks.”

“Well then, I’ll just have to suffer.”

“But why suffer? Wear socks!”

Now that’s my point about my mother. I mean, if she understands so much about me then why couldn’t she understand that I had to wear loafers without socks? I told her, “ Nancy says nobody in the sixth grade wears socks on the first day of school!”

“Margaret! I don’t know what I’m going to do with you when you’re a teenager if you’re acting like this now!

That’s another thing. My mother’s always talking about when I’m a teenager. Stand up straight, Margaret! Good posture now makes for a good figure later. Wash your face with soap, Margaret! Then you won’t get pimples when you’re a teenager. If you ask me, being a teenager is pretty rotten-between pimples and worrying about how you smell!

Finally my mother told me to have a good day. She kissed my cheek and gave me a pat on the back. I walked down to Nancy ‘s house.

By the time I got to Room Eighteen of the Delano Elementary School my feet hurt so much I thought I wouldn’t make it through the day. Why are mothers always right about those things? As it turned out, half the girls had on knee socks anyway.

The teacher wasn’t in the room when we got there. That is, the real teacher. There was this girl, who I thought was the teacher, but she turned out to be a kid in our class. She was very tall (that’s why I thought she was the teacher) with eyes shaped like a cat’s. You could see the outline of her bra through her blouse and you could also tell from the front that it wasn’t the smallest size. She sat down alone and didn’t talk to anyone. I wondered if maybe she was new too, because everybody else was busy talking and laughing about summer vacations and new hair styles and all that.

The class quieted down in a big hurry when a man walked into the room, nodded at us and wrote a name on the blackboard.

MILES J. BENEDICT JR.

When he turned away from the blackboard he cleared his throat. “That’s me,” he said, pointing to the name on the board. Then he cleared his throat two more times. “I’m your new teacher.”

Nancy poked me in the ribs and whispered, “Can you believe it?” The whole class was whispering and grinning.

Mr. Benedict went back to the board. He wrote six phrases. Then he turned to us. He put his hands behind his back and kind of rocked back and forth on his feet. He cleared his throat so I knew he was going to say something.

“Now then… uh… you know my name. I’ll tell you something about myself. Uh… I’m twenty-four years old. I’m uh… a graduate of Columbia Teachers College and uh… this is my first teaching position. Now that you know about me, I want to uh… find out about you. So, if you will copy these six phrases off the board and then complete them I’d uh… appreciate it. Thank you.” He coughed. I thought he was going to wind up with a very sore throat.

Mr. Benedict Jr. handed out the paper himself. I read his phrases.

My name is

Please call me

I like

I hate

This year in school

I think male teachers are

I nibbled on the edge of my pencil. The first two were easy. I wrote:

My name is Margaret Ann Simon.

Please call me Margaret.

The next two were harder. I liked and hated a million things. And I didn’t know what he wanted to know about. Also, he wouldn’t answer any questions. He sat at his desk and watched us. He tapped his fingers and crossed his legs. Finally I wrote: I like long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain and things that are pink.

I hate pimples, baked potatoes, when my mother’s mad and religious holidays.

This year in school I want to have fun. And also learn enough to go to seventh grade.

I think male teachers are…

That was the worst! How was I supposed to know? Every teacher is different. But I couldn’t think of a way to fit that in. So I wrote: I think male teachers are the opposite of female teachers.

There! That ought to do it. It was a stupid answer but I thought it was also a pretty stupid question.

At two-thirty Nancy slipped me a note. It said: Secret club meets today after school my house-no socks!

I went home to change before going to Nancy ‘s. My mother was waiting for me. “Let’s have a snack and you can tell me all about your first day of school,” she said.

“I can’t,” I told her. “No time now. I’ve got to go to Nancy ‘s house. I’m joining her secret club.”

“Oh, that’s nice,” my mother said. “Just tell me about your teacher. What’s she like?”

“It’s a he,” I said. “His name is Mr. Benedict and this is his first job.”

“Oh gads! A first-year teacher. What could be worse?”

“He’s not bad,” I told my mother. “I thought he was very nice.”

“We’ll see how much you learn,” my mother said.

I changed into shorts and a polo and walked to Nancy ‘s.

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