For one day this week I had the privilege, nay the honor, of being the only designated adult in charge of a 7th Grade class full of young boys. Teachers: you have got your hands full! When the sub was a no-show I stepped in to help, and amongst the craziness and the endless questions I noticed a few choice classic middle-school moves native to those with the XY chromosome combo. These tidbits of truth made my day and opened my eyes to the fact that as a 7th Grade boy the world is a simpler place but is on the verge of becoming more complicated, a daunting realization indeed.
As a 7th Grade Boy:
- There are a zillion thoughts running through my head every nano-second and it is imperative I discuss all of them with you RIGHT NOW!
- Burps, farts, and noises that resemble either of those are hilarious.
- Minecraft is awesome and should be the only subject in school, except for basketball.
- I only heard what the adult in the room said after she had explained it three different ways and in three different tones of voice.
- Bullying is real and really hurts.
- I have crushes on girls but I still think they are gross OR I am that one heart-breaker who is already juggling two women in the 7th Grade class and one in the 8th.
- I spill things on my shirt and I’m okay with that.
- There is a lot of pressure on me at home, at school, and with friends and I’m learning how to juggle it all.
- If an adult says “No” I will incessantly ask them, “Why?” until I (a) wear them down or (b) they ignore me.
- Throwing anything is cool, even a chair or a person.
- I also need to jump off stuff periodically, including a chair or a person.
- Sometimes I just need to yell. I don’t know why.
- I smell. But so does everyone else.
- I don’t yet know what I want to be when I grow up but I know that it has something to do with sports, cars, and sports cars.
- If my friends make fun of me I will still cry but only in the bathroom.
- When dissecting things in science, if it’s not already dead it will be when I get done with it.
- I’m finding out that life is not fair, and I am learning to accept that fact even though it’s hard.
- My mom still packs my lunch; I like that she remembers to put my favorite snacks in it.
- When I’m excited about something, you will know about it! When I’m mad about something, you will know about it!
- I really just want to be liked.
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