I’m the head of school. The biggest praise I got not long ago was from a middle school boy who has not had the easiest time settling in to a new school and, because he is a middle school boy, a new body/mind/persona, anyway, he told me I didn’t act like the head of the school.

Actually he called this down the stairs to me. I asked if that was a good thing. He thought about for a long time for a middle school boy, maybe 7 seconds. “Well, I think so,” he said.

Anyway, I think the fidgets are pretty cool. The other day a few fifth graders showed me theirs and asked if I wanted to try them. Once I tried one, I had to try them all.

Bottle flipping got on my nerves a bit because it turned plastic bottles into junk and kids left them everywhere, besides it was noisy. The spinners are just cool, like holding a gyroscope. Plus they are great conversation starters if you want to talk about the mystery of gravity or properties of spin, or hypnotism and mind control.

When I was in middle school we listened to Cat Stevens. “I know we’ve come a long way/we’re changing day to day/But tell me, Where do the children play?” We have to listen to the songs of our youth if we want to remember, the inner song and the top songs.

Just saying.

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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