Those who don't know any better come into our school scared. They think it's big.
They think they will get lost and we won't help them. They are stupid people who don't think to ask for directions.
But we don't get lost. We know that all of the hallways lead to the main hallway. We know which teacher to ask for help and which teacher not to. We know which way to get to the bathroom and which way to get to the exit.
All blue all around, we are not lost. But watch us go to another high school and our knees go shakity-shake and we walk tightly and our eyes look straight. That is how it goes and goes.
Cisneros, Sandra. “Those Who Don’t.” The House on Mango Street.
New York: Vintage Books, 1994.