Tuesday, September 23, 2008

middle school, part II

it's so true, isn't it? middle school pretty much sucked for everyone. i, myself, had the worst year of my life by far in middle school...and curtis and i have lived through some pretty difficult times. thanks for all your comments & encouragements - it's good for me to remember that middle school will not be her whole life when i want to storm the castle, as it were, and do smack mouthy kids around! as mark would say, "that's not very christian of you...." :)

it's very, very important to me not to unconsciously teach her to compromise her beliefs in order to gain friends, so we have decided that she should write a persuasive letter to her principal, explaining why her school needs a comprehensive recycling program, using the school's own value system as her argument. i am going to help champion her cause for bigger change than just a few students here and there... it gives us both something productive to do other than just focus on the negative things. she is really excited about the possibilities, saying, "this will be the first thing i do to change the world". it was so good to see her reemerge ...

we will survive middle school. people do. but i didn't think it would be this hard. i read somewhere once that to be a parent is to live with an open wound... and i was reminded again this month how true that is...

7 comments:

Angela said...
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Angela said...

Good for you! I lived through middle school by squelching my ideals and hiding in the corner until it passed - like one does from a storm or a bad dream. Kyra WILL change the world one day - her mom is showing her how!

Liam (and his mom) said...

Wow, that is one very special young lady you have there Rae. Tell her that she IS changing the world, even up here in Canada. Because of these posts, I remembered to put my canvas bags on the door knob, so I wouldn't forget them yet again when I go grocery shopping. Thanks Kyra!

Marilyn said...

you are a good mom. and a good mom sometimes has to smack some heads...er, come up with good ideas. just stay with 'er... one day she will be president

syrinx said...

Remarkable how personal this is! fwiw, 1 Peter helps me... and so does Nik! Stay strong, Kyra!

*marissa* said...

i started a recycling program at my school back in the day when it was unheard of. my, wonder where that zest for recycling has gone now!? tell kyra thanks for bringing that gal out again. hahaha. here's to hoping she has a principal who will listen and give her a chance to make a difference. oy, as if we can't teach her a thing or two on that one :) :) :)
on a side note, i wonder how you got so lucky that rob leaves you comments on your blog. i wonder what it would take to reach that status! hahaha.

Heather said...

at least she doesn't have a perm.
then middle school would be REALLY bad.