I love talking to the sports club girls. Basketball, softball, volleyball and volleyball have separate gender teams. You can tell which kids are from what club. The volleyball girls all have their hair cut short in the exact style and they are usually tall. The basketball girls usually have short hair, but the style is not uniform, and they come in all different heights. The softball girls may or may not have short hair, but they are usually tan from being outside in the sun.
Most of them are usually super shy about speaking English because they don’t think of themselves as being smart. Well, if you’re in a sports club, practicing for hours a day, and you barely have time to study, or work hard at studying, you might not know as much, that’s just how it is. I suppose some people have a knack for learning certain things, but the super nerdy ones are usually the ones in the worst health (as I’ve learned for myself!)
The thing that I’ve learned from these kids is that they know how to be happy. People might find them simple-minded. For instance, I asked a few seniors who used to be in basketball what they wanted to do in college (because “the future” was a bit murky). The responses I got: basketball and booze.
And then the one who said booze asked me which alcoholic drink is my favorite. I told her sake because it’s clean and doesn’t make me sick, and then asked her what she wanted to try. She responded with “Highball”.
Wow. “That’s strong! Remember to go slow and take it easy!”
And then we talked about which teachers they knew drink a lot. It was pretty awesome.