Monday, October 5, 2009

Tales from Middle School

My oldest son started middle school this year. He is in fifth grade and due to large enrollments in each grade level, fifth grade is now housed with the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in the middle school. I’m not thrilled about fifth graders being with eighth graders, but I do know he can handle it. My husband and I even had “The Talk” with him before school started. I was afraid of what he might hear on the bus, and I just wanted to make sure he had the correct information. “The Talk” was slightly embarrassing, but it actually went quite well. We went through a pamphlet we got from the Mayo Clinic about puberty and went from there. Except for a few inappropriate comments from my husband (which is expected), we had a very good discussion.
Due to being the youngest in the school now, J-Man was a little nervous the first few weeks of school, but he seems to be taking it in stride now.
Here are a few conversations from the first few weeks of middle school.
Day One:
J-Man: “The eighth graders are HUGE! They are so tall!”
(And this is coming from J-Man who is one of the youngest yet tallest in his grade.)
Week One:
J-Man: “Mom! An 8th grader told me he liked my shirt today!” See shirt in picture. And now this is the shirt most frequently worn by J-Man this school year.
Week Two:
J-Man: “Mom, I accidentally tripped an 8th grader going down the stairs today!”
Mom: “Oh, no! Did you say you were sorry? What did you do?”
J-Man: “No, I ran!”
Week Three:
J-Man: “Mom, an 8th grader sat on the bus with me today.”
Mom: “So, did he talk to you?”
J-Man: “Yeah!”
Mom: “What did he say?”
J-Man: “Well, the bus started moving so he had to sit down quickly, and he sat in my seat. He said, “ I’m just going to sit here until the bus stops again.”
Mom: “What did you say?”
J-Man: “Nothing. I scooted closer to the window!”

My sweet little fifth grader.

Today’s tune for Tuesday is by Disturbed. The band from my son’s now most prized t-shirt. Disturbed is a successful rock band from Chicago. Their most famous song is probably 2001’s “Down with the Sickness.” My husband and I saw them live at Ozzfest in 2006, they were really great live! Here is a video from their most recent album, Indestructible. My son just bought this CD, but there are a few inappropriate songs on it, so I had to import it on my computer then burn him a CD with 9/12 songs on it. “Inside the Fire” is a number one hit from this album and is today's tune. And I've only let J-Man watch the first half of this video, the end is a little gruesome...but perfect for the month of October.


Anita said...

I saw the photo and couldn't listen to the music...too close to bedtime, might keep me up (man, I'm old). Your son sounds like a sweetie. This is my daughter's last year of middle school and then I'm really going to freak!

Kim Kasch said...

I remember my kids starting middle school - it was such a traumatic time - for ME ;)

nikki said...

omg Kel I am so laughing at his comments from school and the bus!!! Our boys have been getting an education on the bus too! Will said the other night "mom, when we drop kids off at the H.S. they write "FAG" on some car windshields", I said "you better not ever be saying that word". he looked all shocked and said "Mom, I didn't even know it WAS a word!" hahaha

Rhonda said...

I am learning to prepare for so much between you and Nikki. Stay brave j-man.

Carrie Harris said...

Snarf. Glad he's adjusting. With such a cool mom, how could he not? ;)

Rena said...

"No, I ran!" -- OMGosh, I love it. Sounds like he's doing really well in 5th grade and handling it really well. That's cool. :)

Lilfix said...

Sounds like he is getting the hang of things pretty quick...grin...

Kelly said...

Anita-Good thing. Some of Disturbed's videos can be...disturbing!
Kim-I know how you feel! I get so worried about him already!
Nikki-Oh, man. I hope the bus situation is getting better for them!!
Rhonda-You and I can also write a blog entry "Tales from Preschool." :)
Carrie-Except he doesn't think his mom is cool. :)
Rena-Despite his nervousness, he is doing well, grades and all.
Brenda-Thanks, I hope it continues!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Oh, that's hilarious!

My son is in 5th grade, too. But out here, middle school is only 7th and 8th. My son got "the talk" last month also though. Definitely want that info coming from the parents first!

MG Higgins said...

"Except for a few inappropriate comments from my husband (which is expected), we had a very good discussion." Heh. Guys. (That song is rockin'!)

Tee Brown said...

Great story! Your family is so cool...

Christina Farley said...

Middle school is a big jump and I can't imagine how tough it must be for a 5th grade since many 6th graders have such a tough time. I'm impressed how well he's doing!

The Things We Carried said...

Oh how I remember when the 8th graders were so big!

Kelly H-Y said...

Bless his heart!

Denise said...

J-Man is funny (and cute)!