Those Who are New (A Play on a chapter from A House on Mango Street)

December 29, 2008
By Jessica Elkin, Chesterfield, MO

People who are oblivious walk into our school timidly trying to stay unnoticed. They have heard we are cruel and stuck-up like some of the modern day movie stars. They think we’ll make fun of them and talk behind their backs just because they are new. For that, they won’t even consider letting their guard down. They are the new kid who has only heard about us through false rumors.

But we don’t let our guards down either. We know they’re just another transfer student who speaks with a neat French accent, or the shy kid who is now living with his mom instead of his dad who lives in Utah. We’ve already heard of the kid that went to our rival school, but had to move here because their family wanted a bigger house, from their best friend that goes here.

As school starts, and the kid begins to learn more about how it runs, makes friends and begins to blend in with the rest of the students, we will stop acting like detectives trying to solve a mystery that has no thug. But watch one of us feel the devastation when we find out we have to leave our friends that we’ve been through everything with since second grade and move to one of their schools. The atmosphere will become cloudy and raindrops will fall from our eyes. When we enter the new school, we’ll feel like the last puzzle piece that just won’t fit into the rest of the jigsaw . The story’s the same always and always.

The author's comments:
I want this to show people what it is like to be the new kid. To be scared, uncomfortable. I want this to show people how it is like to walk in someone elses shoes for a little while.

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This article has 2 comments.

asiya125 said...
on Jan. 16 2009 at 10:59 pm
I think that was a very well written piece and a lot of people can relate to it.

dule_91 said...
on Jan. 15 2009 at 11:19 pm
haha, true!


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