When the Roll is Called Up Yonder …

When the Roll is Called Up Yonder … July 15, 2007
We were young … in high school … carefree … and mischievous. It was the first day of a new semester with a new history teacher, let’s just call him: Mr Garris. Being new, he didn’t know us from Adam. So, Rex, Steve and I decided to have a little fun. When, as teachers do, he called roll on that first day … we’d decided we’d switch names. I was Rex, Steve was Me, and Rex was Steve.

So … sure nuf, when Mr Garris called our names we raised our hands, wrong names respectively, and said, “Here” … or … “Present.”

As often happens with teens, everyone else in the class was on our side – and, though there were snickers – the new teacher fell for it – hook, line, sinker – and we continued this way for weeks.

When the teacher called the name my folks had given me, students might look at me but, it was Steve who answered. When I raised my hand, the teacher called out “Rex” and, assuming that identity, I responded accordingly.

We even made sure to call each other by the wrong names as we passed Mr Garris in the hallway. We laughed, others too. Mr Garris knew something was up, bless his heart; he just didn’t know what.

For us, it was great fun …

That is … it was fun until about Mid-term when we were going to have our first big exam.

The question was: Did we want others taking tests for us? Though we were good friends, we didn’t trust each other enough to continue. What to do?

We decided to …

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