Kids are kids are kids, right? Sort of. OCSA is funny like that because what you see – day to day – are a bunch of typical teenagers. And pretty much like any middle school/high school you get a diverse group. Black, white, pink, blue, red (we’re talking hair color, right?) and everything in between; gay, straight, boisterous, shy, smart and….street smart. You get the point – they’re teenagers!
But here’s the thing: Go to a performance, sit through a poetry reading, stroll through an exhibit, or watch Art Attack Live! and you will be amazed at the depth of talent, poise, insight and creativity these kids possess. You know that kid that’s kind of goofy that hangs around all the time? Suddenly, he’s a virtuoso, or this charming ballroom dancer. I’ve been to performances where I have been blown away by the fearlessness of the actors, and brought to tears as a mom because of the pride I feel…not just for my own child but collectively for this amazing group of kids.
These ‘kids’ are individuals though, each with their own personality, upbringing, values, and nuances. OCSA is no utopia and like most schools, there is a hierarchy, personality conflicts, drama (the other kind) and behavioral issues at times.
But the wit and creativity that is present and surrounds my child each and every day feels like a gift. There is no place she’d rather be. So, I think the kids are alright, and I think you’ll agree.