Tomorrow Jack and Liv start school: Jack kindergarten, Livie preschool. Livie will attend the school near their house, Jack will ride a bus to his.
Everyone is stressed out about Jack and his new school. I totally understand this. But I’m not. I am anxious because it’s something so new and different, but in a good way. Sure, you can say it’s because I live three states away, or he’s not my child, or I hardly get to see him.
But I’m actually overjoyed. It will be very different for him, but I think he will thrive.
Not just survive, but thrive. New doors will open, new light bulbs will switch on above his head, there will be a smile in his eyes when he ‘gets’ things he’s taught.
This school will give him the tools we just aren’t equipped to supply.
Most kids are pretty easy to raise, fairly predictable in their development. Jack is not. Jack is tough, unique, quirky. He needs more than we could ever be qualified to give. There’s no book on Jack.
But what we are qualified to do is open the door for him. To show him the place he can go to that will ‘get’ him. This place was built and staffed especially for Jack. Nothing he does will be a surprise, nothing he does will be frowned upon.
He will not be set off separately from the other kids.
He will be involved, praised, motivated, happy. He will be set up to succeed, even in the small things.
He will come home excited and look forward to the next day.
He will have some bumps, but the staff will not overreact. They will show him what’s expected, and how to achieve it. They will equip him with the tools necessary to be happy and successful in life.
I’m so excited for Jack! I wish I could be there to see him off.
We all know Livie will succeed in whatever she choose to do, she will bloom wherever she is planted.
But Jack requires special soil and fertilizer. He will grow to be lovely, strong and happy, but will require more attention and time.
Jack will be wonderful. Jack is wonderful.
And tomorrow the door opens to all his new wonderful opportunities.
Have fun, buddy!