Last night was the Open House at the high school AKA "Meet the Teacher Night." It is a chance to get a brief glimpse of what my kids are getting into for the year.
I listened to their teachers in AP classes (I would never have signed up for them), in honors physics (I never got past biology and I did poorly in it; although I recall having a marvelous time with my classmates), in economics (blank stare), in Italian (Ciao! that's what I know), and in Transitioning to College (I remain SO happy someone qualified is working on the college essay with Peter and not me).
My friend Carol Ann summed it up best when she said at the end of period 9 (honors physics), "And to think I wanted the kid to get a job...there is no way she can work outside of the house AND get all this work done."
For the record, Carol Ann teachers AP English, honors English and some other English classes in another high school. When I looked at her syllabus last summer, I knew there would be no way I could ever pass HER class.
My kids are CHALLENGED. They have schoolwork and homework burdens that go far beyond what I EVER chose to do in high school. They are focused. I wasn't terribly. They KNOW they HAVE to go to college. It wasn't something I was particularly paying attention to and frankly, as I mentioned in the past, it is my one regret. They know the career path they want to take. I am 52-1/2 and still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
It is exhausting imagining how they play sports, dance, get school work done, work outside the house (they do, admittedly, not a lot of hours), hang out with friends and figure out when to sleep. I am taking this moment right now to say CHEERS to them. I am very proud of them and what they have accomplished for themselves in a really short period of time. So, if Bella wants to watch 200 episodes of Say Yes to the Dress, or another NCIS marathon, and if Peter wants to watch ESPN or play on on PS3, I now understand they NEED to. It is some of the only down time they have.
Here's to another year in school. We got this...
When I was in high school, I loved Jethro Tull. Between "Aqualung" and "War Child", I listened over and over and over. I think my friend Patti was responsible for this.
In any event, one day while listening to Pandora, THIS SONG came on and I was astounded it was Ian Anderson.
It goes to show everyone has multiple sides.
As my kids navigate this year, I need to keep reminding myself THEY TOO have many, many facets to themselves. And they will do beautifully.