To give some background, this story goes back to the early 70’s, when I was in elementary school. At that time, the government subsidized a part of the public school lunches, which meant that each student had to pay less to buy his lunch. Because of that, the price for lunches was only $.60 and the small ½ pint cartons of milk were reduced to 4 cents each. So, every day I went to school with my bag lunch and 4 cents in my pocket.
Another thing to know is that the boys’ bathroom had no doors on the stalls, just walls. So, you always ran the risk that someone would catch you in the middle of you doing your “business”.
So, one day I was in the bathroom minding my own “business”. All of a sudden, who should burst into the bathroom but the school bully. Seeing me sitting there, he pulls out a knife and says, “Gimme your money!” I replied, “Well, all I’ve got is four cents to buy milk. Do you want that?” Looking a bit disappointed, he said, “Nah, that’s alright.”
Then, he starts bragging as he pulls out all the change that he got from a number of other students. He goes on telling me how much he got from whom and what he was going to do with the money. Meanwhile, I’m just sitting there on the pot, listening to him, not feeling all that comfortable in doing what I originally purposed to do now in front of him.
Finally, feeling satisfied with sharing about his accomplishments, the bully left. Even though I was relieved, I sat there a bit stunned for a few moments. Then it came to me – “Oh yeah. I gotta relieve myself.” I finished my business and went back to class.
Joseph – DC