Unlike most of the country, my kids have already completed their first week of school!
Last Monday, Lan began his second year of high school. It was fortunately without incident. No wrong bus transfers, rescheduled classes, and no dread of “starting over” in strange and less than friendly surroundings.
This year Lan knows more people. His teachers are “on board” with our IEP and we are both much more comfortable, without the harried nerves surrounding last year.
His first homework assignment was a letter to his literature teacher introducing himself. The letter gave information about his interests and goals for this year. I was pleased to see that he thinks his family is “nice and protects him from mean people.”
If you ever doubt your children understand what you do for them or how you feel for their plight…don’t!
I was almost overwhelmed to see the words on the page. Detailed thoughts, expressed and understood, another “accomplishment” to be grateful for.
The paragraph about his goals was inspiring as well. Lan wants to boost his g.p.a. which I am very glad to hear in addition to improving his trombone performance. He ultimately wants to gain the “first chair” position in his band class. Lan has embraced the idea (with a little prodding, of course) of being a “leader” as one of the few sophomores in his class.
I noticed how his goals have evolved and matured. It makes me think that mine should as well.
Sometimes we get so set in one mindset that we fail to progress and stretch our thinking. Old ideas are often just that. Old. Stale. “Stuck” in the past.
Our familiar ideas and concepts sometimes fail to hold up in the here and now we are currently immersed in. I’ve found we can let the blessings we have prayed for go unrecognized because we are too stressed and uptight to see them. Our minds are often stalled in “then” even as God is directing us to the “when.”
I am surely guilty of this on more than one occasion. Sometimes we all get stressed to the point that we don’ remember how to relax.
Thankfully, Lan doesn’t have this problem. He is relaxing in the confidence that comes from a year of high school under his belt and he is looking forward not stuck in yesterday.
Lan is both excited and optimistic about his future. His enthusiasm reminds me that I should be as well.
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 KJV