It's been a minute since recess was a part of my life. It seems like I didn't really appreciate nap time in preschool and Kindergarten, and now as an adult I am realizing I would love a recess break at work and get out all my pent up energy on an adult jungle gym.
Yes, they actually do exist.
Speaking of recess, I remember also enjoying ABC's (and later Disney's) animated television series as a child also titled Recess, in which we followed the adventures of T.J. and his friends as they dealt with bullies, teachers, and homework.
1. T.J. Detweiler
T.J. was expelled from high school for hacking into the school’s grading system. While living at home with his parents, he copyrighted the phrase “this whomps” and created The Whomp City Roller Derby team. He recruited Spinelli to be their coach after seeing she had led her team to win the World Cup. It was while working together he realized he still had strong feelings for her. He plans on proposing to her in the near future.
2. Ashley Spinelli
Spinelli played Roller Derby for five years after graduating high school. In her fourth year, her team won the Roller Derby World Cup. After retiring, she became a coach for the local team. She and T.J. dated briefly in high school but now they live together.
3. Vince LaSalle
After high school, Vince was drafted to play in the NBA but tore his ACL his rookie year. After the injury, he decided to move back close to home and began coaching basketball at Third Street Elementary School with Lawson. He and Gretchen still remain in close contact and hopes they will soon get back together.
4. Gretchen Grundler
After graduating college, Gretchen went on to develop a new and improved Galileo device which now rivals all Apple products. She and Vince dated throughout middle school and most of high school, but she decided it’d be best to end their relationship so he could focus on basketball.
5. Mikey Blumberg
Mikey attended college for a semester but dropped out to pursue music. He was able to get a loan from Hustler Kid and used the money to open a medical marijuana dispensary with Guru Kid called “Bonky The Highostore,” inspired by his favorite childhood toy Bonky The Dinosaur.
6. Gus Griswald
Gus enlisted in the army at his father’s command. When he arrived back home, he confessed to Mikey he was in love with him. Gus and Mikey then briefly tried dating, but decided they worked better as friends. They still routinely hang out when Gus isn’t at the ROTC Center.
7. King Bob
King Bob owns and lives in a junkyard. He seldom leaves and he spends most of his time updating his blog, “Long Live The King,” where he frequently posts rules and regulations of the playground.
8. Randall Weems
Randall accepted the job as assistant principal at Third Street Elementary once he graduated college. After Principal Prickly mysteriously disappeared, Randall assumed his position. He calls Miss Finster every week to tell her all the “deliciously moist” dirt he has on the staff.
9. Ashley Tomassian, Ashley Armbruster, and Ashley Boulet
Ashley A came up with the idea of making a pregnancy pact in high school but ultimately decided not to follow through with it. They all agreed to marry men whose last name begins with the same letter as theirs. They’re no longer in contact with Ashley Q.
10. Ashley Quinlan and Hustler Kid
Ashley Q ditched the rest of the Ashley’s in high school when she decided they weren’t “scandalous” enough for her. She started dating Hustler Kid when she found out about his lucrative career as the owner of the Hustler Warehouse. They now travel the world and she updates their whereabouts on her Instagram page.
I'm sure a majority of you are just as excited to hear that Spinelli and T.J. ended up being elementary school sweethearts. And we sadly all know someone from our childhood who has ended up a King Bob in real life.
Thanks to Pedro Fequiere for bringing our favorite childhood characters to life. It's nice to know that they grew up to become badass adults, just as we have ourselves.