Sophia's first day as the "new kid" after our move to Colorado. Fourth Grade. 2010.
Sophia is quite busy being bored this week. She sent Adam an email explaining why she should have a blog, and I admit, she was quite convincing (despite her typo):
"I think that i am olf enough to have a blog. Mom was saying that you can get a password so just your friends can look?? Please! I am responsible enough and i have nothing to do with all my creative genius."
When I was younger, I remember putting together a full-on presentation to convince my parents why I should be allowed to attend public high school rather than stay at my small, Christian school. After I convinced them and started at the new school I tried to convince them to send me back.
They said no.
My point is, my daughter, who is on spring break, has decided that this is the perfect time to start a blog. As a trial run, I've asked her to do a guest blog here on my happy little virtual home. Having been the new kid at school not once, but twice in the last two years, Sophia thought she might be able to offer a bit of advice for other "new kids" out there.
(I am not going to edit it, and I'd like you to notice the tone of voice she gives her mother.)
So without further ado, I give you my almost 11-year-old daughter's
"Five Things NOT to do When You're the New Kid at School."
1. Don’t paint your nails with your new black Crackle nail polish the day before school or (if your mom is like mine,) you might have a conversation like this:
“Sophia, go take that nail polish off.”
“But Mom, It isn’t even dry yet!”
“Well, good. Then you won’t have to use up the nail polish remover. It costs a lot of money you know.”
“Why can’t I wear it?”
“We don’t want the people at your new school thinking you’re Goth!”
“MOM! It has bright pink underneath it!”
“I don’t care. Go remove it or I take your iPod.”
This is from personal experience. So, if you don’t want your iPod taken away, then you should wait until the week after school starts to be cool.
2. Don’t wear a dress and try to climb on the top of the monkey bars, even if your friends tell you to. Because, you finally get up there, then they tell you to do a flip off, and you do, not only will you land flat on your face because you can’t move your legs apart, you will not notice that everyone, even the football boys, saw your underwear. They were from 2005. And about 3 sizes too small. Yeah. Embarrassing.
3. Don’t draw pictures in your journal during Bible time unless you are an amazing artist. Your new friend might want to see what you drew, but it might be completely pathetic and you think she might not be your friend if she saw. Well, you thought right. You sat by her at lunch, and she didn’t acknowledge you. Oh well, you think. You get up and sit by some other people. You’ve been friends with them ever since. Yay! Happy ending!
4. Don’t tell everyone that your favorite song is “Just the way you are” by Bruno Mars. You might get in trouble with the teacher for singing the bad parts in the middle of class. At the top of your lungs. Let’s not forget to mention it was during a test. Yup. A test. Indoor recess for you.
5. Never, never, ever, NEVER bring yogurt to school while wearing your best dress. When you open the top, it usually splurts out a nice little hello all over whatever is in front of it. So if you open it towards your chest it says hello all over your favorite dress. Wonderful, right?!
There you have it. Advice you can use.
If you've learned nothing else, you now know that I 1. Routinely threaten to take her iPod away and 2. Think nail polish remover is "really expensive."
Ah, the stuff you can learn...