We have all enjoyed our summers and our time off. Some of us got to see each other out in Los Angeles at the SCBWI Summer conference. Priscilla, Diandre and I (Kelly) took in a huge amount of inspiration. Joy and Heather have been spending quality family time- Joy with her new baby and Heather - moving to her beloved home state of Michigan.
So- without further ado....
It's Back to School!
When Dante was writing his Inferno... with those nine circles of Hell -
he forgot one - Middle School.
Maybe he didn't forget.
Maybe he just couldn't bring himself to revisit it.
The lock. The locker. The class changing.
The pimples. The puberty.
The crushes. The heart break.
The bad hair.
The growing pains.
The friendship hop scotch.
The Gym classes.
The way your parents become idiots over night.
(Or at least "weirdos")
The intensity of feeling that we experienced in middle school- just never happens again. EVERYTHING is the most important thing ever.
They'll get thru it. They'll run that 3 year gauntlet- and cross the finish line.
The prize on the other side- a firmer grasp on knowing who you are- and who you can be.
But - Oh boy, I don't envy them at all.