It’s here…..the first day of school is tomorrow. Middle school. That dreaded thing I’ve been trying not to think about for at least a year now, but definitely for the last several months. Well, as my grandma always says, the only way through it is THROUGH IT. I’ve avoided it as long as I can. Unless, I run away in the middle of the night, leave my family behind, and go live in the forest with the animals, I’ll be in middle school bright and early in the morning. And you know me. Running away? Leaving my family behind? Living in the forest? With animals? Awww, heck naw! Middle school is starting to look pretty good. What would I eat in the forest? And where would I sleep? Leave my comfy bed behind and all of my cute, new school clothes, which, by the way, I’ll be unveiling to everybody on this very blog in the coming days and weeks. Like I said, maybe middle school won’t be so bad after all.
In all seriousness, I’ve been getting ready for middle school for a few weeks now. I got a bunch of new clothes and shoes. I got two new backpacks from Pottery Barn Teen and you know they had to have my name monogrammed on them. One of them arrived last week. The other one is on backorder, so I’ll have to show it to you later. Last Tuesday, I went to 6th grade camp, where we learned about the school and our schedules and having so many classes to go to each day. We talked about dress code and the library and practiced opening our lockers. I’m already a pro, but I’ll admit I’ve been practicing with a combination lock at home this summer. Then on Thursday, I went back to school with my parents to pick up my schedule and school supplies and t-shirt and to put money on my lunch account. No more bringing my lunch? We’ll see how that one works out! I might have to wage a protest! Anyway, I took my big brother with me. He’s in high school now, but he went to the same middle school two years ago, so he showed me where my classes were. It was kinda confusing with all those hallways. I will be taking advanced English and advanced math, Pre-Algebra to be exact. I’ll also be taking Spanish and I’ll be in band. I’m going to play the clarinet. Oh, Lord, what have I gotten myself into?!?! Okay, calm down, Ainsley. This is me, not panicking. Embracing my new life. Not wishing that I could stay in elementary school forever. Nope, not me!
Well, before I sign off for the night, I want to talk to all the other kids who are starting school this year and who might be nervous or even scared, especially if they are going to a new school with a lot of kids they don’t know. I especially want to talk to the girls.
- You are not alone. Everybody else is just as scared; they just won’t admit it.
- Be kind to EVERYBODY. People will always remember the bullies and the jerks. They will remember you because you were mean and they were scared of you. And if you are somebody who thinks you are better than everybody else and you are mean to people, guess what? I am willing to bet that your friends probably don’t like you either.
- It always seems worse than it really is. Every day is a new day. As my mom always says, this too shall pass. This too shall pass. This too shall pass.
- Work hard on your school work. Always do your homework. Be respectful of your teachers. Get involved in something, like band. Hang out with the smart kids, not the dumb ones.
- Be friends with people who are nice to you. Don’t try to impress the mean girls. They are not your friends. That will always end badly.
- And as my grandma always says, the only way through it is THROUGH IT.