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Topic: Enter (02/27/06)
- TITLE: lonely losers
By lynn rodgers
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“Hi, new friend why don’t you come join us,” she says with energy.
“Naw, I’m good. I think I’ll hang around here for a while,” I say, thinking maybe I can sneak off when no ones looking and go home. I have a reputation at steak here. I watch them chat, play ping-pong, and dance like idiots. Deep down I want to be one of them but I’m not admitting it.
I keep thinking of opportunities to leave but I keep watching them. I feel all alone, like I am looking at them through glass. They were supposed to be the lonely losers, not me. I slowly find myself wanting to be one of them, run and play and not have care in the world. “Stop it,” I tell myself “, you’re not a kid anymore. For goodness sake you’re sixteen! And what would you friends think if they found you were hanging with Jesus freaks?”
Something inside me urges me forward, to take the step of faith, to leave my past behind. My old friends are on the other side of the country so what does they’re opinion matter? A large, brown haired man walks up to me and offers his hand
“I’m the youth pastor around here. Is this your first time in church or are you looking around?” he greets me with a smile. I throw caution in the wind, freaks aren’t friendly they’re just weird.
“I’ve actually never been to a church before. I always thought of the Christian kids as lonely losers,” why was I telling him this?
“No ones a loser but look at who’s all alone. What grade are you in?”
“Tenth,” I said somewhat hopeful of friends. He guides me over to the girl from school.
“Hello friend, we’re playing big booty wanna join?” she asks, once again so friendly and I was rude to this girl.
“I love big booty! My old friends and I used to play all the time, in middle school. Then we had to be cool. For some reason dancing in a circle and laughing your head off is lame,” I say with a laugh. We play and I know this where I belong. I am glad I stayed.
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