There are some crazed honeybees just outside the Middle School doors and they lazily buzz about enjoying the nectar on the many blooms on campus. Their arrival coincides with May 1, when the warm weather dress code begins and students are permitted to wear shorts to school. These all seems to be signals that the freedom of summer vacation is in sight.
When Spring’s glories arrive in that here-to-stay way, with warm days and sunlight to spare, Middle Schoolers rather lose their minds. In a way, Nature’s changes at this time are reflective of what’s going on in the bodies and minds of these 11, 12, 13, and 14 year olds. Cherry tree blooms explode, peony stalks grow an inch per day, dandelions pop up over night and that’s just how it feels to be 13. For the children, these changes are both exhilarating and overwhelming, sometimes in the very same moment.