[Let's pretend I wrote this blog post back in August, when we actually did this fun little photo shoot. K? K. ;) ]
So it was August and we were preparing my daughter for junior high. She was excited and ready to go. Me not so much. Jr. high was by far the worst time in my life. I've lived through some stressful events since then, but honestly I'm lucky I made it out of those early teen years alive. Every day was a battle with who I was, and did so-and-so like me enough, and will I ever be good enough... Seems so ridiculous now that those were concerns, but it led to a deeper problem. I had noself-esteem. We even had these "classes" on adolescence to help us cope. But building self esteem wasn't something I felt could be taught. I just had none of it. Luckily I built strong friendships with people who I trusted and kept my focus mostly on my GPA, and I eventually started to find my strengths and build on those. Thanks to those friends, my academic successes, and getting involved in cheer and other organizations, I had a much better time in high school.
Anyway, back to these girls... My daughter is everything I wished I could have been at this age. She's smart, she's social, she's caring, she's beautiful and athletic, and she's got amazing friends to support her. <3
It was the day before school was to begin and I started to kinda panic. What if she hated it? What if she sunk into a depression like I had? What if I had no way of helping her? I'm a worrier like that. Fortunately she was all pumped and ready for the new transition. And when I suggested we gather a few of her friends (totally last minute BTW!) for a pre-middle school friends photo shoot, she was all for it! They coordinated outfits by text/face time and within a couple hours we were piling as many as possible into my minivan. We headed downtown and then to a local park. It was more fun than I could have imagined and we plan to do another in the winter months! (I'll probably blog about it in June. Ha!)
And anyone who fears for our future generation, no need to worry. These girls are going to do amazing things!