OPINION

Put your head on your desk

Ronna LawlessStaff Writer
Put your head on your desk

Remember when we were kids and our teachers would sometimes punish us by making us lay our heads on our desks? Do teachers still do that to quiet a rowdy classroom?

It’s funny how many things that were punishments then would be rewards now.

I distinctly recall one of my teachers at NESCO standing at the front of the classroom: “Children you need to settle down. Everyone, put your head on your desk.”

I remember what torment this was for me. Some kids fell asleep, and I couldn’t understand that. I could never get comfortable. If I crossed my arms and put my forehead down, it wasn’t long before my breath started to fog up the top of my desk. I really hated that.

But today, if my boss came over to my desk and said, “Ronna, you are doing such a good job today. Why don’t you just take 10 minutes and put your head on your desk,” I would be so happy. I would be comfortable and asleep in no time.

There are so many things that have an opposite connotation for me now as an adult than they did when I was a kid.

Remember when we wanted to run in the hallway? Now running is torture. As kids get older and become involved in sports, running literally becomes a possible punishment. I think this is the age when running becomes less of a joy for many of us.

Thank goodness they can’t punish us with running at work as adults. I would be early with every deadline if I knew being late would mean that I had to run laps.

As a kid, you might have to go to bed early if you’re naughty. Once you have kids of your own, the prospect of an early bedtime for yourself is nirvana.

When you’re a kid, if you’re grouchy, you might have to take a nap. Now cuddling up for a nap on a Sunday afternoon is one of my favorite things.

Another common punishment is being grounded. Every kid hates to be grounded. But now, after many days of being busy with work and friends and family, sometimes I find myself longing for a day when I can just stay home and do nothing.

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Ronna Lawless is a writer for the Nevada Journal and Tri-County Times. You can email her at rlawless@nevadaiowajournal.com or follow her on Twitter, @ronna67.