Today, my medium person entered middle school. Yes, folks, I have a 6th grader. Instead of crying and lamenting the gradual loss of my baby, I’ve decided to offer her advice with cat pictures. :)
You’ll grow into your nose. When I look back at old pictures of me at my parents house, I understand why I begged to wear makeup. I was one ugly duckling. J It changes, I promise.
Some friendships will last and others, will fade. That’s ok. As we grow up, people sometimes grow apart. Your mom’s 31 and still trying to figure out friendships.
You’re human. Your parents are human. That means we’re allowed to make mistakes. The best part about having human parents is that they will love you and help you learn from your mistakes. Your dad and I made enough mistakes for your entire 6th grade class. (Mostly daddy though.)
It’s ok to want to be a little girl. I know that you’re surrounded by people who want you to like what they like. You don’t have to. Play as often as you’d like and for as long as you like. I’ll be here to supply you with an endless amount of toys until you no longer want them.
People who tease are usually jealous. I know everyone says this but I can assure you it’s the truth. You’re extraordinarily smart, beautiful, and loving. Expect there to be a few naysayers. Know that the teasers ALWAYS find you on social media as an adult to tell you how awesome you are.
Being a girl is not a pass for mediocrity. If I hear one more person use the words “like a girl” as a way to insult someone, so help me, okay, okay, whew, excuse me, I got off track. I refuse to let anyone say that it’s ok for you to bring home average grades in math because, well, girls aren’t good in math. Bullhockey.
You’re an amazing human. You walk this planet and sincerely believe that you’re going to make it a better place to live. I thought you were just idealistic and silly the first few years of your life. Now, I freaking believe it.
The world’s already better with you in it. If anyone tells you differently, know that I’m always nearby to wipe the floor with them.
Have a great year sweetness. J