A year ago today we picked her up from the children’s home. Amazing how it can feel like it was just yesterday but also forever.
Let’s do the question and answer blog. Will have to do that every year.
- Are you happy?
- Yes, very happy.
- If you had a choice, would you want to move here again?
- I’ll never move away.
- What was your biggest obstacle since living here?
- To figure out where I fit in with the brothers (also not to swim into the side of the pool hahaha)
- What was the easiest thing to do?
- To learn to play hockey.
- What got you into trouble most?
- What life lesson did you learn in this year?
- To lie brings you nowhere.
- What is my favourite thing to do.
- To spend time with your family.
- What upsets me the most.
- When I lie to you.
- What is Uncle Tommie’s favourite thing.
- To sleep on a Sunday.
- What upsets Uncle Tommie most.
- When I want to go out with boys.
- What is my best personality trait.
- You are very patient.
- What is my worst personality trait.
- I have yet to find it.
- What is your favourite thing to do?
- To read.
- To play with Quintus.
- What made you the happiest this past year.
- Easter, when we were all together when I came back from my mom.
- What made you the saddest this past year.
- When we spoke about my past and I got clarity on some things that have always bothered me.
- What is your biggest wish.
- To be a good mom when I’m big and an unrealistic one is to change my past.
At Jason’s grade 7 prizegiving the school played a song that spoke to me so deeply. A song by a little girl who wasn’t invited to a school prizegiving. A letter she wrote to her granny, asking if she will ever be good enough to be invited.
I am thankful beyond words that our school is different. That every child really does count. It still brought tears to my eyes.
If it were a different school, one of my kids wouldn’t be invited. Not if it depended on academics. Even at his own prizegiving I looked at his little face, so proud of the achievements he received for sport (mostly for his rugby team’s achievements) but no mention of academics.
Then I got the school reports and you know what? I’m so proud. Proud of every single one of my kids.
Right from the one that decided not to study at all and still … uhm… did WAY above expectation, to the one who worked hard at maths and accounting the last term and increased with a percentage of 20 % and 40 % respectively. Also the one who has to worked harder than most and it showed. He improved in every single subject. Our girl child is also did well and got an award for academics.
Proud. Yes, beyond proud.
Was a good year. I learned probably more than all of them combined.
Life lessons, that is what I learned.