We were talking amongst ourselves in my fifth grade class when my friend said something hilarious, causing me to burst out laughing. I even startled myself with my sudden laughter. I stole a glance at Mrs. Mink and made eye contact with her for a split second.
It took Mrs. Mink a few minutes to get the classroom’s attention. When we all quieted down after a few minutes, she made her frustration quite clear. She then said to us, “You know, sometimes when people laugh loudest it’s because they are looking for attention.”
I was sure Mrs. Mink was directing her comment to me. Just me.
Today, I think about Mrs. Mink’s remark on occasion. It really left a mark on me. I get a tiny feeling of glee, though, when I laugh aloud. I delight in knowing I can enjoy playfulness and laughter. My fifth grade teacher, on the other hand, found ulterior motives in it. How sad for her.