Mastering Junior High

Mastering Junior High

 This week has been back to school. Wow, am I tired! I forgot after law school how draining the first start to a new school year can be. Both kids have been in school for awhile and things usually go off without a hitch. But this year, my oldest is working at mastering junior high.

I am confident there is no fresher hell than leaving elementary school for the throws of emotions, nonsense and jubilation of being a teenager. Add hundreds of other teenagers and you have entered into my personal version of hell on earth. This last week, getting my teen ready is a reminder for me to stop and thank my parents for whatever ridiculousness I previously put them through.

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While my teen is not an overly emotional soul, apparently, everyone else around her seems to be. Therefore, her non-stop texting wars with her friends the week before school was at an all time fever pitch.

back to school sign with girl with backpack - mastering junior high



Again, I am the mother of an athletic, tomboyish teen. Her consistent wardrobe has been t-shirt and gym shorts the last five years of her life. But for some reason the absolute insanity surrounding what to wear for the first day of junior high was of paramount importance. The result? An adorable outfit that may never see from the bottom of her closet again.

Se la vi I suppose.

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There had been a coordinated effort on where to meet, who to sit by and who to walk with to and from classes, since schedules were released. What time to drop her off and who would be waiting for her and who she was to be waiting for and…seriously, the more she detailed her life to me, the more I become nervous for her. How is one mind supposed to hold so much information?

Her biggest concern was lunch. There are two varying time slots at her junior high, resulting in 1st lunch and 2nd lunch. This was the content of most of her texts with her friends. Who had what time slot, where to meet and what to bring to eat. She is pretty picky about what she puts into her body and she did not want to eat at the cafeteria. And the student store was explained to me as where “people eat crap for food. I cannot play soccer and eat like that.”

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Alright dear girl. Which is why she picked out the new Lunchables Organic. Lunchables Organic is USDA certified organic and free of artificial preservatives, flavors or colors*.They are quick and easy and she can store them in her container, in her locker or I can put them on the counter for a quick and easy after school snack. With all the stress about mastering junior high, we needed something we could agree on.

There are two varieties and she has devoured them both with glee! With her practicing soccer at least four days a week and going out for cross country, the new Lunchables Organic options make our life on the go a little more delicious.

Here is what else I told her about her newest adventure.

Darling girl,

No one in the history of ever has succeeded in mastering junior high. Or have they mastered high school, college or adulthood. Anyone who tells you that they did lies. As your guardian and co-president of your fan club, I can only be here for you and offer guidance and make sure you are well loved and well fed.

But believe me when I tell you that you have the world on a string. And mastering junior high is just one minor stepping stone in this silly game of growing up. You will be wonderful at it all!

Hugs and all my love,


girl with backpack and lunchable out the pocket - mastering junior high

*See back panel of any Organic Lunchables item for ingredients used to preserve quality


Lindsey Andrews
About me

Attorney & Author. Always in search for daily joy.


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