The Cheerleaders

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My daughter put on a movie this afternoon and of course the previews for other movies available came on…

One of them was Bring it On, it was released in 2000,¬† a “teen comedy film” about a cheerleading squad.

It brought memories flooding back to my junior high school days.

It started even before junior high in 6th grade.

Carmen and Marlena the meanest girls in school.

I had a boyfriend in grade 6 Clint. ūüėĬ† Carmen and Marlena didn’t like that.¬†¬†In their eyes I ¬†was becoming popular.¬†¬† I was a fantastic runner and played soccer like a pro ūüėÄ and a boy actually liked me,¬† I was kind and a good friend to others and I had friends, not many but I had them. ūüėÄ

These two girls were snobby, mean and not well liked¬†and they were bullies. ¬†I¬†¬†played soccer with the boys and a couple of other girls, Marlena had a crush on one of the guys and didn’t like the fact that we were friends.¬† Both Jim and¬†were goalies and often talked about how we could improve, we both played soccer outside of¬†school, Jim had been a goalie longer than¬†I had¬†and would often teach me different things he’d learned. ¬†One day after school, the duo¬†were able to rally¬†enough people together to follow me home while yelling and¬†threatening me, let me just say I had never been so scared in my life, not to mention hurt.¬† Their “power” was incredible.. to get a small mob of kids together to follow me around while I was¬†alone…???!!

They both warned me in the school yard near the end of school that I would have a bad reputation at high school because I had a boyfriend and that I hung out¬†with the boys, ¬†I worried about it all summer long.¬† I didn’t want a bad reputation, heck I didn’t even know what that was….Clint and I just hung out together, and the guys were my friends, other girls were with us too, ¬†I didn’t understand.

In high school I broke school records for running.  My grades were ok and I had friends.  Not popular by any means but I was ok.

I really wanted to be on the cheerleading squad.¬†There were a couple of nasty girls on the team, guess who?..¬†Carmen and Marlena.¬† I will never forget these two miserable girls who made my junior high years almost unbearable.¬†¬†The cheerleading team had already been formed, but I asked the Phys Ed teacher, Mrs. Wauldhauser if I could join……I can’t remember exactly all the details but I do remember Carmen and Marlena saying that if I was allowed to try out for the squad that they would quit, they¬†¬†were able to get the other girls to go along with it, including the teacher!!!¬† I never got a chance to try out and of course¬†never became a cheerleader.

And there were the whispers behind hands and lockers…and glaring looks.

I wish I could meet up with those two miserable girls again…¬† Actually¬†on second thought nah, not worth my time or energy.

Even as I type this, tears are coming to my eyes, those two girls caused so much hurt and took so much away from me and made my high school years just awful.

It’s amazing how¬†one or two people can change your destiny and your dreams….Secondary school was nearly non-existent¬†for me, I went to¬†alternative schools, one was called AISP, Alternative Independent Study¬†School, for kids who didn’t fit into the¬†“mainstream” education system, they didn’t have a cheerleading squad¬†or a¬†track team, it was a school that had a variety of students,¬†rock star wanna bes ¬†,artists , computer geeks and athletes like¬†Carling Bassett a young¬†professional tennis player, and there were kids like me who just didn’t fit. Thanks to the Marlenas¬†and Carmens of the world. in my case.

I do have a pretty amazing life, with 4 healthy children, an incredibly crazy and supportive family, great friends and of course,
this blog ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

So I guess without some of¬†these things happening when I was younger,¬†it would not have made me the strong, independent,¬†tolerant, open-minded¬†and caring person I am, I would not have had the¬†experiences that I did, ¬†that helped mold me into who I am, and¬†it would not have made me set the bar higher¬†to be a better person and¬†never ever¬†to be like you…rah, rah, rah!

So there Carmen and Marlena………I win!!

To be fair to these two, I have no idea what their home life was like so maybe I shouldn’t be so harsh…..

 Your words have power, use them wisely.

Problem of the week….


School started yesterday…. daughter #2 has started her first year of high school and is loving it!!! so far
Daughter #3 has entered grade 7.
And so with school starting so has the homework, Daughter #3 (7th grade) brought this home today:


I have six digits. My hundred thousands digit is 1 less than my ones digit, 8 greater than my thousands digit, twice my tens digit, and 4 times my hundreds digit. My ten-thousands digit is 0. What number am I?


This gives new meaning to a “really bad math exam”

¬†As many of you know I work with numbers for most of my day, and I’m struggling a little with this one¬†ūüėÄ

She’s had some amount of fun tonight¬†figuring this one out

if any of you know the answer shhhhhh!

no cheating

Wish her luck!! This is due Friday….

Thanks alot Mr. R



If you have a strong mind…


Wow! I’ve seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time I’ve seen it with numbers.

If you can read this OUT LOUD you have a strong mind.

7H15 M3554G3
53RV35 7O PR0V3
D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5!
1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!
1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG
17 WA5 H4RD BU7
N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3
R34D1NG 17
W17H 0U7 3V3N
7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17,
C3R741N P30PL3 C4N
R3AD 7H15.
PL3453 F0RW4RD 1F
U C4N R34D 7H15.