“As far as I can recall, none of the adults in my life ever once remembered to say, “Some people have a thick skin and you don’t. Your heart is really open and that is going to cause pain, but that is an appropriate response to this world. The cost is high, but the blessing of being compassionate is beyond your wildest dreams. However, you’re not going to feel that a lot in seventh grade. Just hang on.”
― Anne Lamott,
I felt like that adult voice. I felt like the adult voice that completely relates, still, to that kid in 7th grade.
It occurs to me, after the last few years of searching, I should be back in a teaching role. That, and I miss being around the wisdom and the wackiness of kids.