I am beginning to realize that the begining of Junior High means adjusting to more than one unusual thing... in my sheltered children's lives, that means locker rooms.
Consequently, I perfected a sly technique a couple decades ago. I learned how to carefully slip my clothes on and off without ever actually being undressed. And although I am sure you are all terribly interested, I will not go into detail here. Suffice it to say, I had crazy skills. But until I developed those skills, I was so embarrassed. I am pretty sure I was the only 7th grader who hadn’t made a trip to the “training bra” rack at Mervyns. In fact, I noticed (not that I tried) that most every other girl around me had begun to develop slight curves, distinguishing them into the female class. I, on the other hand, had nothing. NOTHING. And so the comparisons began… like they often do for growing (or not so growing) children.
Seriously, who actually thinks it’s a good idea to take 12 and 13 year olds, in their most awkward time of their life, and have them dress together in a locker room? As if they didn’t have enough pressure to perform just right in PE so they don’t look like a complete idiot. As if they aren’t self conscious enough. As if all teenagers are super kind and loving – and don’t care what people look like.
The note that said, “NOT A GOOD IDEA!”
Considering all these things I have mentioned, I find it BAFFLEING that educators would think it was a good idea to have an open locker room for 12 and 13 year olds. AND, as if it weren't bad enough, encourage them to shower and dress with next to ZERO privacy. I just don’t get it.