A Bad, Bad Day
“It’s time to get up, Tim!" yelled Tim’s mother from the downstairs level of their two-story house in Raleigh, North Carolina. “You’re going to be late for school!”
“Fine,” Tim groaned as he rolled over. Klonk! Tim didn’t realize he had been on the edge of his bed when he rolled over, making him fall to the floor, hitting his head hard on his nightstand.
“Ahhh!” Tim moaned as he rubbed his head, which he could feel was swelling into a goose egg.
He stood up wearily and hobbled to his bathroom. He tried to lay down his hair but it would not lie down and on top of that, it was pushed to the wrong side. It stayed like this no matter how much water he put on it, and his goose egg was just making it look worse.
Tim hobbled downstairs and looked at the clock. It was already time to leave, and Tim hadn’t even had time to get ready. He threw on his hoodie, got himself a bowl of cereal to go, and ran outside to the car where his mom was waiting. Off they went on the 10-minute drive to Tim’s local school. As they pulled up to the front of the school, Tim, while reaching to get his backpack, spilled the excess milk from his bowl of cereal all over himself. “How could this day get any worse?" Tim thought to himself.
If only he knew how much worse it was going to get.
Tim, with a goose egg, sticking up hair, and milk all over him, walked into school to find his friends waiting for him. They immediately started laughing. Tim tried to laugh it off with them, but inside he was crying.
Tim went to his first period class, math, his most dreaded class. “What a coincidence that I have my worst class first on this already horrible day,” Tim thought. Yesterday, the students had taken a big unit math test worth 200 points. The first thing on the to-do list for his teacher was to hand back the graded tests. Tim got his back first. He psyched himself up and then flipped over the paper slowly. In big red marker, it said “F”. Tim slammed his head down on the desk, right where he had hit it on his nightstand.
Tim’s next few classes before lunch were not nearly as bad as he thought they would be. Other than the fact that the teacher had to tell him to wake up and the fact that everyone kept smelling something like spoiled milk, they were actually okay. At lunch, it was pizza. Tim hated pizza more than anything else at the school. How fitting for this day. Even though he didn’t want to, he got it on his plate. There was really nothing else to eat, so he had no choice. He sat down with his friends, who continued to make jokes about his hair and the milk that was all over him. Tim took a few tiny bites of the crust on his pizza. As he got up to throw his tray away, someone bumped into him, causing red pizza sauce to get all over his already milk stained shirt. Tim just shook his head.
After science, which actually went okay for Tim, except for the fact that he had milk and pizza on his clothes, was his last class of the day, physical education. Tim got dressed out in his uniform. They were playing the infamous game of dodgeball. Of course, in the first game they played, Tim was looking to peg someone when out of nowhere, he was pelted in the head, right on the same goose egg. Tim was just done. He lay there until the bell rang and he got to go home.
As Tim lay in bed that night, he knew, or at least he hoped, that tomorrow would be better than today... And then his mom popped in and informed him that tomorrow morning, he was getting braces.
Luke Turner, 13, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, USA