This past Wednesday was a day to break rules. It was also the day President Barack Obama held a town hall meeting at FIU.
Ten minutes before lunchtime, i’m researching my article for the school newspaper and find out Obama, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, MY ROLE MODEL, is coming to Miami to speak about the topic which i’m researching. In that moment of excitement and hype i took my friend Laura by the arm and ran up the stairs to Mrs. Borges’ room and told her the news.
“Yeah, you didn’t know that? He announced it like last week,” she said to me and my face dimmed like a children with no presents on Christmas morning.
Mrs. Borges and I discussed the President’s visit and when i came to notice, time had flown by. Laura and i had not time for lunch. By that time the lines would’ve already been filled and we wouldn’t have gotten time to eat inside the cafeteria and all of our struggle would’ve been for nothing. But, little innocent Laura happened to mention, “Aisha and Mirella are stopping by Chick Fil A for lunch” and the light bulb in my brain went off.
“I have my mom’s car! Do you have money? Let’s go to Chick Fil A!!” and that’s how our crazy adventure started.
We walked to the parking lot while keeping our eyes sharp for any security guards or administrative heads. Of course the first thing to happen to us is …. there’s a teacher parked in the car next to us. Anxiety starts to set in and we momentarily consider going back inside as if we had just gone outside to get something from the car. After about five minutes of freaking out we decide to go but don’t know which exit we should take. Then, five squad cars pass by.
” OHMYGOD NO I CAN’T DO THIS!!! ” Laura says to me. Let’s just go back inside she screamed as i turned on the car and started backing out of the parking spot. We’re approaching the exit and we see all five squad cars parked in front of the building that contains the main offices. Again,
“OHMYGOD NO DANIELA JUST TURN BACK LET’S NOT DO IT” Laura says over and over again but i inhale all the oxygen in the car, puff out my chest, and start driving by the squad cars (my head slightly down) as if i were an adult minding my own business.
We step out and head towards the fast food restaurant with a sigh of relief.
As we head back we’re hoping we’re not late to our strictest teacher’s class but the clock seems to think otherwise. “There’s no hope, we’re going to be late”. When we’ve already got that hanging over our heads, a security guard stops us on the way in (one that is usually sleeping might i add). He gave us the disappointed face and took his time deciding whether he would let us go without calling the Assistant Principal or not.
He gave us a chance. Said to never do it again. Laura and i agreed like the good rule followers we are and went ahead to park. Needless to say, we talked about this throughout the whole day and it was impossible to focus on the tasks ahead. First time we broke the rules and first time we got caught breaking the rules.