Fall In Line!

March 3, 2007 at 5:04 am 13 comments

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.

Fall in line!

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!).


Entry filed under: 90s+life, Childhood, Confessions, Filipino, Grade+School, Life, Nineties, Nineties+culture, nineties+life, Nineties+trends, UA&P, University of Asia and the Pacific.

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  • 1. Justine  |  March 3, 2007 at 7:09 am

    From kinder to 3rd grade I was the sergeant-at-arms-slash-goody-goody but come 4th grade, the goody-goody part in me started to fade and now I am the delinquent one. Hahaha!

  • 2. kidswereus  |  March 3, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    LOL. I didn’t get into “class politics” until fourth grade! I was lying low from kinder to grade 2…then by some twist of fate people began to nominate me for class secretary…etc, etc.

  • 3. Kevin  |  March 4, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    i was the class treasurer from gr.4 till now hahaha back in primary school, we all had to line up for everything! from flag ceremony to hmm .. everything! hahaha i don’t wanna be the sergeant-at-arms dude coz all the blame of a naughty class falls on you! LOL

  • 4. kidswereus  |  March 4, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    Kevin, yeah, it’s hard being the scapegoat!

    But I realized on hindsight that being elected in office even for class president/class beadle becomes less of a joy as you grow old. It’s hard to be proud that you’re class (insert position here) when you turn out to be the officer of silence. You become deaf, mute, and blind to the misgivings of your classmates. Being an officer wasn’t so much fun because people would chide you for being too “good” if you told on them.

    Talk about little corruptions in our yesteryears…. LOL.

  • 5. Crisel  |  March 5, 2007 at 12:42 am

    “Form your line, alphabetically, according to height, tomorrow, right now!! ”


  • 6. Me  |  March 5, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Circle your chairs! LOL.

  • 7. Justine  |  March 5, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    Form a straight circle, by height, in alphabetical order -NOW!!!

  • 8. JV  |  March 6, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    okei now i remember.. now that I am in college i still kid around the idea of falling in line and doing the “number signs” as if i was a teacher hehe

    Well as far as i remember..i was the goody goody and a lil delinquent during the line formations..cuz some of my classmates are really talkative..puro B.I. tuloy i also became a B.I. rin haha

  • 9. Delainee  |  March 7, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    heheh this site is really GOOD! i mean…..its really good to bring back memories from the past just like yesterday……SO FUNNY!

    well back to the topic…..me…..i’m really the goody-good person… but in my class those seargent at arms or class politics…..you only got nominated if your POPULAR or SMART thats it….if your not really one of them no one will even try to nominate you.(unless just making fun) My class doesnt really nominate a person by its attitude….(which sucks……most of them are rich brat kids..thats why i became so quiet and goody good or even dare to join those stuff)

    I dont know why also but our seargent at arms barely do anything…..like line formation…its either…the leader was the president, teacher or any voluntary.

    well yah…..I really like this site!I miss the old days and my friends in the Philippines..

  • 10. kidswereus  |  March 7, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    Hey Delainee…just curious…where are you living now? It’s nice to hear that you like our blog. 😀

    To anyone who’d like to become a contributor to this blog, please send an email to us at kidswereus@gmail.com 😀 (naks, nag-announce pa ako)

  • 11. Geoff  |  March 11, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    haha! This is so funny! Those were the Grade School days! ahhaha!

  • 12. stel  |  March 11, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    hahahah favorite ko nagiging line leader nun eh..and when wala pa yung teacher, nagsusulat ng quite list, noisy list, and standing list sa board! hhehehhehe

  • 13. Bim  |  March 16, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Hey, yeah, I remember that! But in our school, we had this fucking huge bell, perched on the 2nd floor of the Gradeschool building. Consecutive bell rings, the kids had to line up. Two rings means the kids put their arms up. A single bell toll means the kids move out.

    And it seems you’re from UAP. The school I’m talking about is really near yours. It’s Lourdes School.


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