Within seconds, I had screamed ‘My poor car!’, jumped out of my seat, dropped the chips I was eating and explained that my skyroof was wide open to let all the rain in.
A roll of paper towels was thrown at me from across the room, and I darted out of there to go fix the problem. I ran down the long hallway to the front lot and skidded to a stop in front of the door. The sky was dark, the rain was falling faster than Niagra Falls, and the thunder shook the parking lot. The thought, ‘how could I be so stupid?’ ran through my mind. And then I opened the door.
I was drenched within three seconds (maybe less) and I began the long walk to the very back of the lot, where I thought it was smart to park my car (less traffic means less accidents, right?). When I got to my car, my eyes were closed. I slowly opened the door and sat down in a lake.
The car turned on (that was a blessing) and I closed the skyroof. Then I looked around and let out a whimper.
After the whole roll of paper towels was used up, and the car was still drenched, I made the trek back into the school. Once I got back to the classroom, I was wrapped up in two blankets and put by the heater to dry. Fruit snacks were also given to me as a way to say, ‘sorry you just went through that.’
No one laughed about it until I did. And of course I texted my best friend to tell her all about it (she will never let me live that down).
You probably thought that the most important lesson was not to leave your window open in the rain. Nope, that’s not it.
The most important lesson is finding a group of people who will help and support you through small, not-so-smart actions such as this. Finding a group of people who will laugh with you when you fall down the stairs, lose your keys multiple times in one night (they were always in my lunch box), explode a cookie in the microwave or come back to the classroom soaking wet from the rain. Find people who will do crazy dances with you, sing throwback music at the top of their lungs and speed to Java House to get your beloved blueberry scone in a mere five minutes.
Once you find those people who will be your friend through thick and thin, you have made it. You did it.
Friends who will get to school at 6 AM to film a crazy music video to old Hannah Montana with no embarrassment are the kind of friends I needed to surround myself with. Last year, I wasn’t myself, I was some incoming sophomore trying to be so many different people at once. Now, with the help of my friends, I know who I am and where I am supposed to be, and I know that I will never, ever leave my sky roof open again.