Fall In Line!
Teachers had this funny way of organizing us kids back in elementary. Whenever we had to go to the auditorium, the teacher would shepherd us outside the classroom and tell us to fall in line. It was, I think, a pre-COCC training.
At the count of ONE, we were supposed to raise our arms forward. Sergeant-at-arms (they got into position because they sucked up to the teacher) would inspect the line of the boys’ and girls’ lines. These mini-sergeants would tap your arms sternly if you didn’t straighten them enough.
The moment Teacher says “TWO”, we have to drop our arms to our sides. THREE says tuck your arms behind your back while FOUR means ‘zip your mouth’ (insert zipping motion). FIVE would mean you can begin walking.
I remember one of my classmates falling out of line and these sergeant-at-arms, brown nosers that they were, would tell Teacher. Those who would be wandering off without the permission would automatically receive the honor of walking astride Teacher.
Just out of curiosity, which kind of kid were you? The delinquent or the goody-goody? I have to admit, I’m more of the latter (it has been my deepest dream to become a sergeant-at-arms!).