April 21, 2009

College vs Elementary School

I had an amusing encounter yesterday walking across the quad after work. There weren't many people outside since it was dinner-time for most everybody, but a student came around the corner with a soccer ball. He kicked it, but it got more air than he was counting on and sailed up onto the roof of the cafeteria. He said "oh man" and for a second sounded remarkably like an eight year old kid who had just got his kite stuck in a tree. Then he noticed me and his demeanor changed. He was the swaggering college kid again and to prove it yelled "sh*t" and walked off. It was very interesting to be reminded that for all the bravado these students put out there, they're not that far off from the kids we see on playgrounds and soccer fields. And, for that matter, neither am I.

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