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My baby is going to middle school!

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May. 3rd, 2012 | 09:12 pm
mood: excitedexcited

In the past couple of days I've been to a couple of meetings for parents of new middle schoolers. The principals and teachers have repeatedly assured us that it will be okay and we should not worry ourselves sick.

I have to say, I'm not worried. In part, this is because my son's middle school seems awesome, with excited and engaged teachers. In part, it's because I remember my middle school years so fondly. It's an age when you're old enough to know what your interests are and how to pursue them--sometimes beyond what your parents can help you with--but you're young enough that your afternoons aren't so filled with homework and work and extracurriculars and your social life that you don't have time for yourself.

At this age, I spent whole days on nothing but me. I guess it wasn't until 9th grade that I started arranging music for whole marching bands--that's another story--but in middle school I painted, I wrote, and above all, I read. I would spend entire days reading. I would read books I liked over and over and over, which is why I am flattered but not particularly surprised when readers tell me they've read my books ten times (Endless Summer, usually). That kind of free time is luxurious and delicious and particular to being twelve.

As I am writing this, there was just a big BANG from my son's room. He was supposed to have gone to bed and NOT READ half an hour ago, but obviously he has dropped The Hunt for Red October, which he has hardly put down since I checked it out for him today, or something else has fallen off his bunk bed in his trek down the ladder to retrieve the forbidden tome. Whatevs. If his nocturnal reading habits remain what he gets in the most trouble for, middle school will be fun, and I'll take it.

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cchant

They grow so fast!

from: cchant
date: May. 4th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on the new milestone. My "baby boy" goes to Middle School next year too, but we haven't had the meetings yet. I don't even know if they do meetings. The kids get a tour I know that much.

But I'm nervous about it, too. Probably because I don't recall my Jr. High days with as much fondness as you do. It was an awkward time filled with catty girls and obnoxious immature boys. :-) And all through my 4 years there I was in an infamous "friend triangle" that always ended up being two against one (with the pairs constantly rotating). Why all 3 of us couldn't be friends at the same time, I don't know. But it was very stressful and only stopped when one girl moved away.

I enjoyed high school MUCH better. But I'm not exactly in a hurry for to my son going there either, because then he's going to want to *gasp* drive! :-) Some days I wish I could slow down time and keep him just as he is right now, making up silly video games about cows, playing Minecraft with his friends and making clay Pikmin to hide in the grass outside to "find" while walking by.

Cathy

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