To my firstborn,
I can’t believe the day is finally here—the day when you leave the familiarity of elementary school and fly into the unknown of middle school.
When it comes to your first day, I’m a ball of emotions spinning with excitement, nerves, anticipation and protectiveness. You, on the other hand, seem to be hyper-focused, ready and willing for this new endeavor. And for that, I am thankful.
So on your first day (really, your first year) of middle school, my prayer is that you:
Reconnect with old friends in your classes, but also make the effort to form new friendships. One is silver and the other gold.
Fist bump your sports teammates down the halls, but don’t forget to say hello to those who are more bent toward academics or the arts.
Don’t chase the status of “cool kid,” instead, be confident in your God-given gifts and abilities that have nothing to do with the latest name brands or smart phones or trending lingo.
Take notice of those around you and be a friend to those who are quiet or shy or simply different from you. Be the includer, not the excluder.
Respect your teachers and the adults in authority. Remember your manners and your southern upbringing—yes ma’am and no ma’am never go out of style.
Be the kid who lifts others up, encouraging them on a job well done. Don’t be the kid who tries to one-up everyone so you feel bigger. Your worth isn’t found in others’ opinions of you.
Humble yourself enough to ask when you need help, whether it’s assistance with an assignment or unpacking your emotions. Don’t ever feel like you’re doing this life alone.