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The day begins with one “regular” breakup and one “rumored” break up.
There are tears and shrieks in the hallway…and the clock reads 7:32.
Just a regular middle school day.
Two students negotiate trading a lunch for a stash of Airheads and Sour Patch kids,
three others attach flowing beards and use mascara to enhance their brows.
These three are mine, playing Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and James Longstreet,
in our Civil War Battle cast presentations.
Two others have decided to make a fashion statement by exchanging just one shoe each.
At lunch, a pack of seventh graders huddle together on my reading rug
and offer their counsel: here’s how to to say “I would never dream of going on a date with you”
but in a kind way –
“You don’t want to wreck his life, right, even though he’s kinda ewwww?“.
“I am so TIRED of all this drama!”
says the Drama Queen of the year.
There is a thunderstorm in the afternoon, and visiting eighth graders gather at the window,
in their faces I see their sixth grade selves – full of wonder and delight in the smallest of things.
Two former bff’s pass each other with stony faces,
just as a gaggle of boys jostle and wrestle with joyous whoops of laughter.
I notice that two of my students are now holding hands,
the romance, it seems, has progressed.
It is raining again when the bell rings,
and through my rain streaked window
I see kids playing hopscotch in rain puddles.
Just a regular middle school day…