My baby boy is growing up! It seems like just yesterday he was born and here we are preparing to send the boy off to that wasteland that is middle school. I grew up in BFE so we had k-6 in one school and 7-12 in another. It was somewhat terrifying because of that age span but there were a lot fewer kids and most everyone’s family knew everyone else’s family so trouble was somewhat minimized. Anyhow, Isaac will soon be headed to “real” middle school where there are hundreds of kids…my little baby!
As a sort of “nerve pill” for Emily and me, we decided that we wanted Isaac to be able to reach us at any time. So, we ventured out to the mobile phone store and were thrilled by the technological spectacle that presented itself. Well, actually, we were flabbergasted by the price of phones and mobile plans. Holy cow! Anyhow, we decided that with soccer practice starting soon, Isaac needed to be able to contact us and, more importantly, contact his friends.
Isaac put up quite a sales pitch for a full-blown smart-phone. The sales guy was all too willing to help Isaac make his case. Fortunately, we held our ground and got Isaac a poverty-level phone…you know, one with calling and texting only. I sure hope he can survive. My poor baby!
I know, lots of people made it through middle school without phones. I don’t care. Technology is around us and we embrace it. We are trying to be sensible though and are using this as a way to teach responsibility. Any time I see a way to expand communication, I am for it!
None of us is too worried about middle school. We are building it up so we all have positive expectations of the next school year. A little bit of trepidation crops up now and then in the back of my head, but I know it is going to be alright. Heck, my baby boy is only a phone call away!