... And I don't mean dear old me!
Our school is relatively new, and so we have our first graduating class this year. We're starting all sorts of new traditions and going through growing pains and figuring out what works and doesn't work (or figuring out that we have to figure it out).
I don't know if it's a function of being such a small public school, or if it's just business as usual, but for most of the year this year our seniors have been:
"UGH! I'm so over it!"
"UGH! I can't WAIT to get out!"
"UGH! This SCHOOOOOOOL!"
Well, I could go on, but you get the picture.
As people with feelings, or maybe I'll just speak for myself, ... as a person with feelings, my first reactions are:
"Don't you know the blood/sweat/tears I put out for you?"
"Do you appreciate NOTHING?!?!?!"
I could go on, but again, you probably get the picture.
Then I started to think. This is a natural process. Of course they want to leave. It would be weird if they wanted to stay in HS forever. Also, it's not ALL the seniors, but just a vocal few that phrase things this "in your face" way, and of course I then extrapolate, and it's EVERYONE that HATES us/me/math.
Maybe it's also part of the natural process (or maybe I'm just making myself feel better), that they are anxious about leaving after being here for so long, and they are trying to not get nervous/scared/worried about next year, but instead they're trying to replace it with relief of leaving.
My new inner and outer response the the kidlets is:
"Of course you want to leave. It would be weird if you didn't. You're ready for your next life phase."
(and of course the little voice inside me will still whisper: ruuuuuuuddddddeeeeeeee)