The thing about life is that it moves on. The good, the bad, the ugly and the awesome just keep on happening. Ready or not. Some fairly awesome things that have happened lately …
- Watching my kids become closer and kinder to one another. I told them early on, “You can be mad at whomever you want to be about this except each other. There are only three people in the world who have gone through this situation and you’re all sitting right here. So be kind to each other and support each other because you’re going to need each other.” And by and large they have. Yes they still argue, but it’s over surface stuff. Hayden has become the watch dog over his sisters, especially Faith. Reagan has softened her tone when she’s ordering them around and invites her sister to do stuff with her. Faith seeks out her siblings for company. It makes my heart happy to watch them.
- Hayden is taking the work ethic he showed during detasseling and applying it to studying. It is weird but wonderful. That boy never fails to surprise me in wonderful ways. He is the only conservative Christian in his History class and is relishing the class discussions. There’s nothing Hayden likes more than a good argument and the more foes, the better. Which is good because debate team is gearing up. He’s frothing at the mouth to get to it.
- Reagan is killing me with this senior year stuff, but I love it. The “lasts” are just as powerful as the “firsts”. Tonight I got to watch her play her last volleyball season opener and her first start as a varsity player. I teared up and cheered in nearly equal measure. How cute is she? Seriously?
With two of her friends who make the game fun, it’s a joy to watch them. She has worked so hard for so many years to get to this spot. The set she started tonight was the closest one and she had an amazing kill. A goal realized is a beautiful thing.
- And then there’s Faith. She has had a darn good week. First I got this email from a teacher:
…I am Faith’s Social Studies teacher this year. I wanted to send you a quick email and let you know that Faith is doing exceedingly well in my class and has been a joy to have in class. She has shown the potential not only to be a leader but also to ask the questions of “Why” and “How”. These questions are not just about class material but also about the community and world around us. To have a classroom full of Faith’s would be a teacher dream. I have no worries she will continue to succeed this year and I look forward to watching her grow throughout the year.
As a parent, it doesn’t get much better than that. Faith is slightly more excited about her fall dance audition and landing a spot in the top troupe at her studio. Again - a goal realized and well deserved.
She’s also trying volleyball for the first time and made the “B” squad at school. Not bad for a girl who has never played a minute of a volleyball game.
Good things abound.
And now I shall go completely off topic because there is a pressing issue I MUST discuss and it is socks. Specifically the socks on the cheerleaders tonight. The cheerleaders were darling and enthusiastic and talented and they were wearing these socks as part of their uniform:
We had quite the discussion about them in the stands. Those who were over 35 pretty much hated them. They seemed way too 1982 basketball to me. Those under 25 loved them.