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A Prayer for my Son on his First Day of Middle School
[It’s back-to-school time in the U.S. This was fraught AF for me as a kid and, what do you know, three decades later, also for my kid. Boy howdy does it all come back every year: nausea, tunnel vision, the sense of overwhelm and impending doom. We’re talking existential-dread-level UGH. Um. Anyway. I wrote this in 2016 when my then-12 year old started middle school, a.k.a. grade 6. I return to these sentiments every year. Maybe this poem-prayer will resonate with you and your beloved tweens and teens.]
A prayer for my son on his first day of middle school:
May your locker open every time.
May your teachers laugh with you often, love you much, and teach you well.
May your crushes respond with a kindness that will keep your heart tender.
May your first kisses be mutually magical.
May you be good to others and disarm meanness with your kind heart and sharp wit.
May you keep knowledge of your true self and trusting your intuition.
May any pimples or inadvertent erections cause a bare minimum of embarrassment.
May you be mindful that, as overwhelming as your own changing body may be, kids around you are dealing with periods and tampons, cramps and Advil, and breasts and bras. Be respectful and keep your eyes UP HERE.
May you recognize your friends--be they kid, animal, or adult--and know you are cherished for who you are now, and supported in who you want to become.
May you take care when you take risks.
May you continue to work hard, kindle your sparks, and remain open to mystery and not-knowing.
May you hold on to imagination and play, and hold off on screens and social media.
May you return to The Source for quietude, peace, and inspiration.
May you know deep in your heart how ridiculously much we love you.
And as you walk your path, may you always, always bear in mind that-- every living thing in this extraordinary world: We Are All Connected And We Are All In This Together.
** I changed three words from my original post on Facebook Aug 22, 2016 at 8:59am. I changed “girls” to “kids” to be more inclusive to trans youth. I changed “knowing” to “knowledge of” for clarity. And I changed “Snapchat” to “social media” bc … changes in technology.)
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