Number One is in his last month of Elementary School. 5th Grade graduation is around the corner. The dreaded Middle School years are looming.
For years I have told him
Dude… middle school sucks. It just sucks. It’s not the school… it’s the age. 6th – 8th grade years blow. Hormones, puberty, acne… girls who look like they are 20 and girls who look like they are 8. Boys who are 4’5″ and boys who are 6’2″. Ick. Just get through it. In high school, most of the awkwardness will be behind you and you can be whoever you want. But in middle school, just get through it.
I’ve bought him every humor book with “Middle School– the worst years of my life”, “Middle School Survival Guide” etc in the title. We have read them together and laughed. Maybe you think that’s the wrong message to give to your child. I’m a big believer in “under-promise and over-deliver”. The lower his expectations are of middle school, the more he will enjoy it. (maybe?)
I’ve mentioned before, Number One is my most socially awkward child. He lacks self esteem, has far fewer friends than his brothers, and is totally content to sit in his room with a book, go fishing alone or spend days on end with no one but his father.
So, imagine my surprise when he was voted “Most Likely to be the next American Idol” in his class. WTF? I’m the room mom so had to go conduct a survey for the 5th grade memory book. Best Hair. Most Unique Style. Class Clown. Loudest. Etc. Number One was chosen as “most likely to be the next American Idol”. Maybe because he stood up and did the running man during voting. But still. The fact that he STOOD UP AND DID THE RUNNING MAN in the middle of his classroom is shocking. And amazing. And totally fricking awesome.
Is he finally finding himself? Have my years of telling him
“make yourself happy. Do what YOU want to do. Don’t worry about what you THINK other people think… you are awesome! Just act like yourself. If you want to be silly, be silly! If you want to dance.. DANCE.. Please don’t waste years of your life not dancing. There is no such thing as bad dancing. The worse the dancing, the funnier and more awesome. Please dance! And sing! And laugh. And know that people love authentic people.. so just be yourself.”
finally sunk in?? Or has he finally just found himself? Or begun to find himself?
Whatever.. I could care less. I’m just so happy that my boy is gaining some confidence. Especially before the dreaded middle-school years.
Do you have a middle school story? Advice? Comment? Comment below..
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