After the sixth grade assembly a boy came up to me and asked, “Why do poets always write about love? Never did ME any good.”
“How old are you?”
“Well, give it another chance, you’ve got time.”
“Love is just a kick in the crotch.” And he walked off before I could get any more senseless words out of my stunned mouth.
A teacher from NY wrote to me tonight and asked me to talk about my time in middle school — how was it really? I honestly told her that I have spent the rest of my life trying to get over middle school. The best I could say about it is that it didn’t last forever.
But how to you convince love weary 11 year olds that the sun is shining on the other side of 6th grade? Cheer up, kid just doesn’t cut through his skeptical squint.