Middle School

25 Jun

My eldest and I spent the last few hours playing first on Facebook, then we switched to miniclip.com so we could play pool. He told me that he wished he was still at his old school. I jokingly told him that it was late and no one was there anyway. He typed LOL and said that he wished he was still in the 5th grade because he will be off to middle school next year and will miss his friends.

My eldest is now and always has been super intelligent, funny, kind, and sensitive. He’s also very strong willed and will argue that in fact the sky is not blue and he will convince you that he’s right, but that’s not the point. He’s a great kid and he will have no problem making lots of new friends I am sure. He’s a huge sports nut and is a bit more reserved than my youngest (who for all practical purposes is as reserved as a Vaudevillian comedian) but he makes friends easily and won’t have any problem I’m sure. I just HATE that he’s worried about this now, 2 weeks into summer.

I LOVE that he talks to me about everything, I just don’t know what to tell him besides promising him that everything will be okay, because I know it will be. I haven’t shared with him that 6th grade was the worst grade of my elementary school career, but even so, I did live through it and I’m sure, as my dad would say, it put hair on my chest, or something like that.

I wish I could shield my boys from every single hurt that is in store for them, and there is hurt in store for them, unfortunately, because life hurts sometimes. Their hearts will be broken, they will learn that not everybody is going to like them, they will learn that they’re not the coolest, the smartest, the best at everything and if they are, they won’t be for long. Life is full of hurt. Dammit. I just want them to know it’s also full of really great things and that all the hurt has a purpose because it really does. Things fall apart so better things can be pieced together. Sometimes I feel like we continuously learn this together.

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