Boring is ‘cool’


I am rushing home from the supermarket, my hands loaded with plastic bags. Just as I enter my apartment complex, a school bus drops off a group of kids.

All of them look tired after the long day, as they slowly amble home.

Two boys, probably between 10 and 12 years of age, walk ahead of me. 

Can’t help overhearing their conversation.

Boy 1: Come on, say yes. It will be fun.

Boy 2: Hmmm….not sure. Have to think about it.

Boy 1: I think you are very boring.

Boy 2: …..(walks quietly)

Boy 1: You know what? Your brother also feels that you are boring.

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I feel a small frisson of anger.

Boy 2 says: You know what? I think my brother and you are both right. I am a bit of a bore….

Boy 1: (Looks surprised and grins)…You’re cool, man.

I grin and walk home.