Malone | August 2018
When I taught Malone in 7th grade I have to admit she was one of my faves. As a teacher you’re not supposed to have “favorites” but while you love all your kiddos for individual reasons, there are some that stick out through the years. There are always ones that you hope come back to visit and catch you up on all their new adventures. Any teacher will tell you that getting to catch up with old students is one of the best parts. It makes up for all the late nights, weekends spent grading, and endless emails. You grow to love your kids and seeing them as young adults who have grown so much but still have a lot of that 7th grader in them is such a joy!
A few weeks ago I blogged about another student of mine, Sarah. Sarah and Malone are in the same grade and this particular group of 7th graders holds some of my favorite memories of teaching EVER. Their class has an incredible spunk an authenticity that makes them impossible to forget! Malone is no different 🙂
Malone even as a 7th grader was beautiful inside and out. She is smart and hard working, honest and kind. As a 7th grader we would catch up each class on clothes and fashion (she has great taste!) and then she’d ask me about Sterling my boyfriend. I still have a letter she wrote with another student to Sterling telling him he needed to take me on a date to see a movie (a cartoon movie if I remember correctly)! It had hearts all over it and was super precious! Malone was and I’m sure is the type of girl who had ever reason to act like a cool kid but was always grounded and humble. She was inclusive and kind to everyone. She reminded me a lot of myself when I was her age, silly and kind hearted with a lot of spunk! Seeing her now as a senior and already accepted into her dream school (seriously!) was the best. While I insisted that she can just call me Alex, she insisted that Ms. Rob is probably better. 🙂
For her session we met up at Libbie Hill Park getting images with the skyline and beautiful tree lined paths. We then walked around Church Hill in downtown Richmond getting a more classic southern city vibe. We walked down cobble stone streets, found a perfect white painted brick wall and took advantage of all the glowie light. Our final stop was the Canal Walk which is one of my favorite parts of the city. The concrete paths enabled us to get images that were full of light even as the sun snuck away. I love each and every one of these images! Narrowing it down to just a glimpse was SO HARD.
Malone – I hope you have the most amazing senior year! Cherish your friends and those high school games, have fun, study hard and stay silly 🙂 Hopefully our paths will cross again and we’ll stay in touch! These images are beautiful and I’m so glad you love them! Congratulations on being a SENIOR!