I have a theory
I told the middle school teacher
who was spending her summer
working at a boutique
that middle school teachers
act like middle schoolers.
We gossip and get caught up in drama.
We don’t accept differences
and meet others where they are.
trying to work out our own,
Shocked, she responded that my theory
matched hers, and she had never heard
someone with the same theory.
We exchanged emails,
so we could support one another
from afar as we both take on a new role,
This year I resolve to not be typecasted
in the middle school drama,
by playing well with others even when challenged,
by rising above the negative talk–instead seeking solutions
by not judging others even when I feel judged,
by fleeing from conversations that I can’t change to positive, and
by dissuading others from tearing down kids by focusing on the positive and the potential.
Only then can I avoid being typecasted
as I take on a new role,
from the shackles
of arrested development.