The 3 years that comprise middle school absolutely fly by!
Jonathan is about to complete the 6th grade. Only 2 more middle school years to go.
We have a neat and unique situation in our family. None of our children have been or will be in middle school at the same time. Each one has middle school all to himself or herself. When Emily started middle school, which starts an hour later than elementary school, we worked out a plan to have David drive the early route and I would take the later route, which at that time meant I had Emily all to myself. We tried very hard to protect this morning drive from carpool requests. Occasionally we would drive one of her friends in if they missed the bus or had a special need, but for the most part, we had each morning (about 20 min) alone to chat, sing, play radio talk show games, review Social Studies questions or Spanish terms, and just be together. I treasured our mornings.
When Jonathan started middle school this year, I knew it would be the same. He is more reserved and laid back in the mornings. He is not as chatty and is not too worried about studying at the last minute. There are no radio talk show games during the few minutes that we drive in, but the one thing that we both look forward to is the Friday Song, which is played every Friday morning at about 8:10. We turn the radio up loud and sing and celebrate the upcoming weekend!
This morning was no different....and it got me thinking about these 3
special years. Middle school, as awkward as it is, with its hormones and
growth spurts, band instruments and car lines, will always hold a
special place in my heart. One where I will remember each child as an
individual without the fighting and feuding in the backseat. One where
our conversations will be just ours, as silly or a serious as they may
be. Of course, my children do not see it this way at all. I am just their driver....and they think we are just driving to school. But I know it is more than that...way more! At least for me it is anyway!
Live intentionally and enjoy it!
Happy weekend and Happy Mother's Day!