I taught my first Junior Achievement class this morning and it was amazing. I was assigned to a sixth grade class at Wakefield Middle School. Sixth grade… Remember sixth grade? I was in Mr. Olbin’s sixth grade class at Lineweaver Elementary. I remember there were some kids in my class that I thought were so grown up.They acted so cool and dressed so cool and, well, did everything so cool. And I was so not. I volunteered at the snack bar during lunch and sold pickles. Definitely not cool.
Meeting all those kids this morning, I was struck by how young they are. I sure didn’t feel that young when I was in sixth grade. I had stress and worries. There were issues in my life. Real issues. Like how exactly I was going to get the puff-paint I needed to paint sneakers for our Mini Society project. Issues!
I’m sure the kids this morning had their issues too, but all I could see was how young and curious and wide open they are. They were so excited and happy just to be there. It was like a shot of caffeine to be in the room with them. I’m sure they learned something from me, but I think I got a lot more from them. Every once in a while we all need a reminder that its good — really good — just to wake up and be surrounded by our friends and loved ones every day.
I hope you all have a wonderful Monday. I know I will!