Yesterday, I went to my boys’ annual High School Band Pot Luck Dinner. If you can imagine a high school marching band, plus the concert, symphonic and woodwind ensembles in addition to their families gathered together…let’s just say it was a bit hectic.
Years ago, Lan would have been hesitant to go, anxious and afraid. This year, not so much!
I watched as he hunted for people he knew, talked to a few friends and even managed to hustle his way through the masses to get a plate of food.
Afterwards, we moved to the stadium to watch the marching band give us a preview of their hard work.
Lan watched from the forty yard line. I am well aware that if he could, Lan would be on that band field in a heartbeat. I don’t doubt he could do well in the marching program. The problem is the time marching band consumes would wreak havoc on his academics.
Lan has had to work extremely hard putting in twice the effort of the average student to come up with that B or C at the end of the semester.
Do I feel a bit guilty that he can’t march with his brother? Definitely. Especially because I know that it would bring him so much joy.
However, right now he needs to work on getting that academic balance just right. Lan has expressed a desire to go to college.
Now some people would say we are dreaming. But that’s okay. I don’t have a problem with dreams. Joseph had a dream for his future and didn’t lose hope despite years of obstacles. (ref. Genesis Chapters 37-42)
I have faith for what God can do.
And apparently Lan has faith for his future too! Just today, he mentioned that even though he likes Clemson, he is thinking about Clayton State.
When I questioned him, he told me, “Don’t hate on my choice of Clayton State,” somewhat annoyed!
Now, as my dear friend laughed and I’m thinking to myself “just who does this kid think he’s talking too?” I almost miss the point that Lan is giving college more and more thought!
I have dreams for my kids, but our dreams and their reality aren’t necessarily one in the same. Yet, I am proud that Lan isn’t letting anyone, including me, deter him from what he envisions for his future.
Lan continues to surprise people. Including me.
Who knows what the next two years of high school will bring? Lan may very well find himself performing on that field after all.
And if he does, I’m confident luck will nothing to do with it.
“But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” Hebrews 11:6 KJV