First Day of School Angst
The first day of school has always been a little nerve-wracking for me. Having grown up with a debilitating shyness, I'm constantly impressed with the bravery that Punkgirl ( 12) and Happyboy ( 10) show every year. Punkgirl, who came out at school last year as a lesbian, has had a particularly difficult time and has handled it with such maturity. She went off to school today the same way she did last year (albeit cloaked in a little more confidence now that she's in her second year of middle school.) She generally likes a mix of flowy and tight clothing, sort of punk rock but definitely "girl" stuff...but now, just like the beginning of last year, she's wearing very gender-neutral clothing. I call it her "flag." She throws it out there, to show the boys that she hangs around with that she's ok, she's one of them, that she's not into all that girly crap like makeup and pocketbooks (meanwhile somehow conveying to her girl friends that she doesn't judge them for liking makeup and girly crap, because sometimes she rocks a pocketbook and earrings just to switch it up.) My worry is that last year, her first at the middle school, she was devastated because as much as she wanted to throw out her flag, a few teachers and students mistook her for a boy.
www.suckathomemom.blogspot.com I'm a 40 something year old with two tweens and a new baby. This is my effort to keep my sanity after leaving the workforce, taking up breastfeeding, and managing the kids. I'm mostly failing at it.
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