Thursday, July 15, 2010
Skateboards, Teddy Bears, and Mascara
So I had this wild brainstorm while riding my bike in the very early hours this morning. I am going to write a blog about middle school! I LOVE working at a middle school. I enjoy the kids, I sympathize with the parents, I hear the teachers' frustrations -- I was born to be in middle school. The blog will be pitched to parents and to people who work in middle schools (capturing the ah-ha experience) and will always end with something along the line of: and that's why I know I was born to be in middle school. It is not about dissing the middle school child. In fact, it is about appreciating the middle school child. It is about celebrating their spark and their humor. It is about acknowledging their sometimes unrealistic picture of the world but appreciating the eyes that see that world. It will recognize the in between space that middle schoolers find themselves in: too old for teddy bears, hot wheels and constant supervision, too young for driving, sex, and no supervision. Middle schoolers do, however, find themselves the right age for confusing crushes, for parents who don't understand, for teachers who expect them to care about English grammar when their best friend is in crisis. They can care passionately for people suffering after a horrific tsunami, they can dream big dreams of playing major league ball or dancing with the Joffrey Ballet, they can be worried about their friend who is drinking on the weekends. They can do those things even as they are failing every class and serving detentions for leaving their gym shorts at home day after day. They are such a mixed bag. And that's why I was born to be in middle school. This all makes sense to me. The one difference is that I can see it with the perspective that is generally lacking in a twelve year old. Middle school kids let you see them if you look for them and at them. I go to work every day looking forward to seeing the kids!