I was waiting outside of Addison's classroom for my first parent/teacher conference at his new school. I felt nervous; was being a parent at a middle school different than being a parent at an elementary school? Were all the soft nurturing tones gone and now I would get a stiff talking to: "Listen here, bud. It's clear you've been something of a libertine in your parenting style. If you don't tighten up, you'll be serving on the PTA board at the juve..."

And is it just me or is all the rigid parsimony, the careful endless squareness a little too much? Even with the beautiful light...

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