I teach 6th graders during the week, and most people’s response when I tell them that is “oh wow, it takes a special person to teach middle school.” While I do agree, I also think it takes a special person to teach Kindergarten and high school too. Most days I like the quirky personalities that middle schoolers have, and I say “most days” because you just never know what you are going to get every day, but I guess that’s part of the fun too. Teaching middle schoolers is literally like playing a game of Bean Boozled, so when a student asks me to play them, I can literally just tell them that I live “Bean Boozled” every day. Some days they can be sweet, and some days they can just be rotten.
I say all this because Curran is currently in 6th grade, so spending another day with a 6th grader is right up my alley. And while I wasn’t exactly sure how excited he was going to be about taking pictures with his mom and dad, I at least felt pretty confident in my 6th grade social skills to get him to at least smile and be cool for most of the pictures. But apparently, I didn’t even need my middle school social skills because Curran was quite the cool kid on his own. His parents mentioned several times that he was in a good mood “now”, and Curran even commented on how many mood swings he had earlier in the day, but they all fooled me. He seemed like a happy-go-lucky kid who loves his parents, and his parents felt the same about him. They made fun of each other one minute and then wrapped each other in hugs the next. I couldn’t have asked for a more fun family shoot!