The Middle


6thI am standing in my kitchen, staring at a stack of papers about MIDDLE SCHOOL. Beginning next month, through May, I am to take part in several meetings for rising sixth graders who will begin MIDDLE SCHOOL in August. Already, I am being barraged with questions such as WHICH FOREIGN LANGUAGE and WHICH ORCHESTRA OR BAND INSTRUMENT, and WHICH ACTIVITIES.

I want to pretend these papers don’t exist. I want to rip them up and throw them into the recycling bin. Because I am not ready to be the parent of a MIDDLE SCHOOL student. No, I am not. In early August, I will turn FORTY, but that milestone will be far eclipsed by the traumatic event whereby my 11 year-old boards the bus to MIDDLE SCHOOL a week later.

I did not have too hard of a time at MIDDLE SCHOOL. Most of the time, I quite liked it. But there’s something about the term MIDDLE SCHOOL that feels incredibly oppressive and repressive and suppressive and claustrophobic and makes me want to have a drink. Of alcohol. Make that a double.

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Dixon Rice was kind enough to ask me to guest post on his lovely website, Wredheaded Writer. I wrote about how hard we unpublished writers work. Not just me, of course. It always amazes me how much harder other unpublished writers are working. If you have some down time this morning, check it out.

Have a great weekend.

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6 thoughts on “The Middle

  1. I went to a “middle school transition” meeting for parents recently too and am equally freaked out–maybe more, because I’ll have TWO middle schoolers! I keep swinging between being excited–Lucy can take Chinese! Sophie can try out for the middle school musical!–and being terrified–mean girls! cliques! friendship drama!

  2. I’m terrified too, Jackie. We can virtually hold hands during this process together! (And yes, Chinese does sound cool. I wish I could have taken it in middle school.)

  3. Middle school terrified me. Both of my children home schooled during middle school. Then I sent them to high school. They do grow up fast, so I totally understand how you are feeling.

    I have been on a blogging break for a while, but I am back. I missed you.

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