I had all good intentions of showcasing these new photos of my soon-to-be middle schooler and go on and on about how grown up he’s gotten and how excited he is about going into 6th grade this coming year. However, as I sat here and edited them, an overwhelming feeling came across me…. sadness. Middle school was so tough for me, not just the school aspect, but the social and physical parts too. Hormones, puberty, oh yea, let’s add those to the list as well. I worry for him. I know how mean kids can be and it makes me afraid for him. The momma in me just wants to wrap him up and protect him and not let anyone ever hurt his feelings or break his heart, but I guess those things, unfortunately, are all a part of life, of growing up. Life….. (sigh)….. it sure can be tough. But, it can also have great joys and happiness too. I pray that I have armed him with the emotional skills to handle it all and I hope that I have built our bond so strong that he will come to me when he needs to talk or when he is curious about something he heard or saw at school. I am sure I will go through these emotions two additional times with my middle son and daughter….. and probably again when all three go into high school. Lord help me! I’ll be saying a little prayer come August 26th for myself and all the other mommas out there feeling the same way.