After spending the last month working with Middle School kids, I’ve discovered a few remarkable things such as…
1. They’ve never experienced Justin Timberlake’s hair like this:
2. When I asked them if they knew who Nelly was they responded, “I’ve heard a few of his songs.” As a St. Louisan who grew up in the 90s, I find this offensive.
3. They’ve never been able to romantically run after someone all the way to the gate at the airport because they were born somewhere between 1999-2001. September 11, 2001 is simply a history lesson to them, instead of something they will never forget.
4. By the time they reached an age where they could read chapter books there were already SIX Harry Potter books available for them to read.
5. Speaking of which, not all of them have read Harry Potter. This. Is. Mind-boggling.
6. If they know candy is on the line they can be motivated to do just about anything. (Okay, to be fair my graduate class professor recently tried this on us, and it is totally a great motivator.)
7. Not all of them have seen The Lion King. I really blame the parents for this one.
8. The discovery of things like adult diapers in the grocery store aisle is the GROSSEST and the WEIRDEST thing possible.
9. They are incapable of understanding the true age of people. This is evidenced by the fact that after telling me the story about the adult diapers they asked if I have to wear them. Not quite yet kids, not quite yet.
10. They are the goofy and kindhearted and teaching them is so much more joyful than I could have ever imagined.