~"Since we can not change reality, let us change the eyes that see reality."~Nikos Kazantzakis
"How was your first day bud?"..."Great! I had a potato!"..."You...had a potato?" "Yeah it was good." Well..THAT certainly wasn't what I had expected to hear. but it was wonderful..no, more than wonderful..it was all that I needed to hear and then some. My boy, he is taking off..moving forward..and he likes it.
After a summer of absolutely no expectations.. June, July, August were lovely....we..swam, fished, camped- did what we felt like doing-when we felt like doing it. It was calm- wonderful. September felt like a shock.... We went from relaxed and easy to absolute chaos in less than a week. Lots of change going on.. split second decisions being made.
Lily started at a new school this year. Sixth grade had been rough for her. Socially, emotionally..it was all too much. She was just eleven years old, and was suddenly sharing a building with kids in their late teens. My joyful girl had lost her zest..her joy. She was bored and anxious..sad and very very lonely.Luckily, we were able to get her in to a charter school. At the end of august, we went as a family to her orientation. This was a big deal-we wanted to support her. We visited the school, met the teachers, listened to the head of school explain how they did school. We were impressed....and so was Sam. "I think that I would like it here." "Really? (I tried not to sound too excited-change is hard for him..I didn't want to scare him off.)" "Yes, it seems more creative than my school.".."Well..it is very different ...if you'd like, I will put your name on the waiting list..?" "o.k.".."Are you SURE??"
"Yes, yes I am.."..Except he wasn't..
The school does have a waiting list. I placed Sam on it thinking that maybe he would be able to get in next year-only to find out that they had an opening now. "Hey Sam! Great news! The school has a space for you!"
The following is a transcript of the next forty eight hours
"..Oh..uuhhh...now?" "Yes! you can start next week!".."..Oh..uhhh..I don't know..." "What do you mean?" "I'm not sure.."But you like the new school! You were impressed about how creative it is!" "I am..it's just..maybe I should try one more year here." "Why?"..."I don't know.." Wash, Rinse, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.....
I admit-I did try and strongly
I was so disappointed when he told me that he had decided that he wanted to stay at his old school. *sigh* So, on the first day..as he was gathering up his back pack and lunch to go wait for the bus, Lily with a look of absolute horror exclaimed (rather loudly).."You really want to stay here??!!! Are you crazy?!" I guess that was the voice Sam needed to hear.. because he dropped his back pack, kicked off his shoes and said.."I've made up my mind-I'm going to the new school." (hallelujah!) "Are you sure?" I asked...trying not to let my voice quiver with excitement.."Yes."...and that was that..
He has been going for three weeks now and the transformation has been amazing. Sam, is naturally a loner-he enjoys his own company...but, for the first time in eleven years-he isn't alone. He has a group of friends, he sword fights at lunch..he is part of a design team..He WANTS to join some clubs..He-all of him- is valued...but more importantly-he sees that he is valued-for who he is-on his own merit. That is everything...well, that and...
He ate a potato!
You have to understand-For the past seven years, Sam has eaten the same exact thing for lunch. Every single day. Nothing different. Food is a delicate topic with all of my kids..textures-smells...shapes..it all matters to them. While Sam has gotten much better at trying different foods...it can still be a bit of an issue... So for him to happily get off of the bus-(on his first day at a new school)..and the first thing out of his mouth is about a new food that he ate-and liked? It feels like hitting the jack pot.
I worry so much about this parenting thing..Sometimes it feels(and I am sure that I am not alone in this) like I make more mistakes than anything else. But this time...my son started at a brand new school-by choice, he's made real friends-AND he ate a potato. It that isn't success-I don't know what is..