past a Middle School in the center of Albuquerque, NM. There were balloons and flowers adorning a walkway/fence close to the entrance of the school. It reminded me of the “roadside memorials” when people have a car crash or bike crash.
I didn’t think on it further.
Then I ran into a letter on Patch.com – it was from the Superintendent of Schools and the Principal
With great sadness, I must inform you of a shooting that occurred on the Washington Middle School campus today that resulted in the death of one of our students and the arrest of another. This was an isolated incident that occurred outside the school building during lunch. No other students or staff were physically harmed, but many of us are hurting.
My heart hurt.
15 days before in NYC:
A 14-year-old jumped to his death Thursday afternoon, July 29, from the Vessel in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards. The teenage boy became the fourth to die by suicide at Thomas Heatherwick’s 150-foot spiral staircase since it opened in March of 2019.
My heart hurt.
Middle School ages are tough for Parents to deal with – their adorable child, biddable child is turning sullen, dealing with fluctuating hormones, social awareness/awkwardness, anxiety, and confusion.
- Approaching puberty: Big changes are going to start or have already begun to happen to a tween’s body.
- Exposure to dangerous behaviors: Tweens face new pressures from peers including drugs, sex, alcohol, and more. Kids are curious and peer pressure is strong among tweens. At this age, tweens start learning about the dangers of the world. Many myths circulate in middle school hallways.
- Increasing amounts of homework: The homework load alone can be a big change for tweens and parents should be ready to help if needed. Good study habits now can last a lifetime.
- Increasing responsibilities: Tweens are often more involved in extra-curricular activities and can take on more chores and responsibilities at home.
This happens to be one of my favorite ages to be around. Their views on the World and Life are insightful, honest and entertaining. Please, be patient and kind to any Middle School age kid who crosses your Life. Just listen, guide, give them attention and time – even if they are behaving ugly and being annoying. Remember, someone put up with you at that age.
Maybe then my heart won’t hurt in the future.
NYC is one of the Fashion Capitals of the World. It’s a place where you can buy items at full price and it WAS a place where you could find excellent discounts on items. Discount stores, sample sales, etc.
Retail is tough.
In the 16 years, she has lived in NYC, she has watched the closure of Daffy’s, Filene’s Basement (Boston-based), Barneys Warehouse, Loehmann’s, and now – the Crown Jewel – Century 21.
Granted the Joy of digging through the racks for a deep deal had diminished when they cleaned up and reorganized the main store. But there were still deals to be had~
dievca will mourn the loss of Vivienne Westwood dresses, Moschino coats, Martin Margiela pants, Louboutin heels, Missoni gloves, Failero Sarti scarves, Chloe sunglasses, Proenza Schouler bags, etc. she took a peek through her closet, Century 21 has let her develop an amazing clothing and accessory collection and find unique pieces from obscure labels.
In the big picture of Life — this closure doesn’t mean much, but in the little details that create Joy, there will be a large hole for Fashion Shoppers. Touching a piece of fabric is much different than seeing it on a computer screen.