I walked through the same hallways
many years ago.
those hallways still appear the same
despite the student work
and the colorful posters.
The are some new faces in classrooms
I once was a student in.
they stayed in the same room for many years
with no change—except their age.
It was not long ago
where my friends and I
would race down to the lunch room
from our fourth period classes
with our backpacks to find a table—
and claim it!
Then to be one of the first
in the lunch line
before the other students.
There was always an adrenaline rush
to the lunch room—
and for some
it was the only time we ran in school—
a sense of liberation
to be with friends and to be ourselves!
Every hour the monotone ringing bells
engrained our minds for each class period.
We would see each other
either walking to class together
or waiting in line
for the only two bathrooms
in the entire schools.
Time goes by
and notice them
in the same shoes
I was in many years ago.
and the growth of today
where technology is essential
all around in school.
are no longer an issue
but today’s students are the solution
to tomorrow’s problems.