The Big Transition

Yesterday was my daughter Madi’s last day of elementary school.  I am now officially the parent of two middle-school girls and I have no idea where the years went!  Sara started middle school this past Fall as a 6th grader, but since she attends a specialized school, it really wasn’t much of a transition for either me or her.  So, Madi will be my first experience in the middle school world….lockers and the dreaded combination lock, multiple teachers, having to change for gym (gasp!), and from what I heard at parent orientation last week…..BOYS!  Yes, the Principal said that the number one reason middle schoolers get sent to the Assistant Principal’s office is because of boy/girl issues.  Ugh…I am not ready for that, but I’m sure it is coming.

For those of you who are facing this same transition, for those of you who have gone through it already and for those for whom it seems in the distant future….this is for you.



What Is A Middle Schooler?

What is a middle schooler?

I was asked one day.

I knew what he was.

But what should I say?


He is noise and confusion.

She is silence that is deep.

He is sunshine and laughter,

Or a cloud that will weep.


He is swift as an arrow.

She is a waster of time.

She wants to be rich,

But can not save a dime.


She is rude and nasty.

He is polite as can be.

He wants parental guidance,

But fights to be free.


She is aggressive and bossy.

She is timid and shy.

He knows all the answers,

But still will ask “why”?


He is awkward and clumsy.

She is graceful and poised.

He is ever changing.

But don’t be annoyed.


What is a middle schooler?

I was asked one day.

He is the future unfolding,

So do not stand in her way!


- Author Unknown