6th grade. Do you remember it? I do. Here are some words that come to mind: awkward, insecure, inexperience. I recall the feeling that burned deep when someone gave you the look similar to the one coming from the girl in the left of the photo. While Kate navigates adolescence, I find it amazing how she stands tall among the trials of her age. She feels comfortable in her own skin and has a knack for helping others feel comfortable in theirs. Over the past weeks, I have been teaching some 6th graders about photography. We are been learning about different personalities and the art of being good observers before we ever click a shutter button. If you can remove the adolescent beyond the giddiness of the group, we quickly learn that each child is bursting at the seams trying to exhale into the adult they want to be. But the puzzle is a work in progress. It is like being 500 pieces into the 1000 piece puzzle that you hope you can complete without losing your mind. You know that when that puzzle is completed, you can look at it and know that your job is done and you can be proud. That is…unless you have lost some pieces under the couch. As this happens to many a puzzle, if the entire family gets gown on their hands and knees and searches the floor for the missing piece, someone will inevitable stand up and proudly and say…ahhhhaaa, I got it. Love and support will ensure that our children aren’t missing any pieces of their life puzzle. This young girl on the train, her pieces are coming together to make a beautiful picture.