Ohh man! I remember from 2nd grade until 7th I had 3 or more other Habeshas in my class and to this day I laugh at the memories!
I remember having an exam once, I sat next to one of habesha girl. I didnt know a question on the exam and i would whispered to her in Amharic and right when I heard her reply back in Amharic…I lost it. I started laughing soo hard and said to myself ayyyee Amarinya Mawek (ohh man!! Knowing Amharic) then got in trouble for being disruptive and lost points !!
I also remember one of the Habesha boys from another class, came into my class one year. He was a bit Americanized and would always bring regular snacks and I would bring Injera. So once he brought injera for snack and at the lunch table me and him were eating injera like it was nothing, while the other kids where like “ohh thats cool….what is that….can I have some.” Plus he didnt know how to wrap the wett with injera that well so i showed him how!
I remember once, kkkkkk,
Our teacher started to teach us about “EVOLUTION” hoo hoo hoo
And this one habesha girl, while the teacher was teaching us, would say to me “YeSaytan Timerit, Whushet New, Whusetam Asemari” (Satans Teaching, Its a lie, A lying teacher). The fact that she says these things to me in Amarinya while the teacher was teaching was so funny, I started to laugh and the teacher kept asking me what was so funny but I couldn’t reply.
Omg omg lool
So I used to hang with the Habeshas and those kids who were “regular kids. I didn’t hang out with the ‘bad/trouble makeres in class’ But one of the Habeshas did. So I got into this his argument once and almost got into a fight, but then the habesha kid who was a prart of their group lol stopped the fight and was basically like ” don’t fight him, he is from my country as I am” LOOOL
My nickname was “Naphtali” (Neftalem) back in the day
So I remember once, one of the girlsl couldn’t pronounce my name real well and we got into a fight. She knew my name, but instead of calling me “Nef-talem…she would always call me “Neft-alem” (that separation changes the word from a name to phase meaning “Nift(bugger) Alem(world)” So she went around the class telling ppl that my name meant “Bugger Land” in our language lol SO to get back at her, I told this boy in the class, who liked her but she didn’t like, to start calling her KONJO!! Ohhh that pushed her buttons even more!!
Then I moved & went to a high school in a different city where there were no habeshas lol so from 8th grade through High school…school was sooo boring! lol