Goodness, gracious I have a lot to catch up on. We’ve been working on some good things around here, and I have so much to say. But for today I figured I better get my act together and at least document the first day of school…
…online school that started back on Wednesday. (Yep, we’re crazy like that here in the desert and start school when it’s still pushing 120 degrees.) We were set to start in person on August 17th after a couple weeks of online but I’m not sure that will happen.
Anyway, there we were, no school supplies bought, no fancy bangles or spanking-new shiny backpacks, just these two girls and their computers (oh, and some fresh hair trims, so there’s that!)
They’re totally faking those smiles by the way, because they were not happy about online school.
Lucy and I were in tears the day before. We sat down together to figure out her login information on her computer and her tears came before mine. She didn’t understand the instructions, couldn’t see the screen, and just wanted more than anything to be going to school in person that next day. I buoyed her up, talking up all the grand things we could do with online school, rainbows and butterflies.
But later in the afternoon as I sat and watched the little video the high school administration had sent out…kind of a silly welcome back pretending to look for the students in that hauntingly-quiet school, their muffled, masked voices bouncing off the echoing walls. At the end they flashed to one of the pre-game pep rallies in the front hall from last year, students jumping up and down in a gigantic smiling crowd, ready for a big football game and I got all teary. Of course there are so many worse things in the world, but I do ache for these kids. I celebrate the fact that most of them really WANT to go back. My girls sure realize they took school so for granted! I ache because who knows when going back will really be a reality?
The silver lining is the schedule. Ahhhh…new schedules are a beautiful thing don’t you think? Loved having devotional again and tried to put a pep in the girls’ step with our traditional rainbow pancakes, cause you gotta keep traditions rolling, you know?
The online systems were so slow trying to get all those students going but we finally got in a groove.
Little did we know when we got our act together to get their rooms finally finished off this past summer how handy those desks we added would be.
Didn’t hurt to have these two (and Carson too) around for some distraction between classes…Grace was working hard on her Spanish she’s trying to get a toe-hold into before September 15th:
Just have to add these pictures because they’re so real:
…and also it documents how much of a ham Claire can be.
Lucy got great teachers and came out pretty happy about that first day, but this is going to be tough business for this girl sitting four inches from her screen for hours on end each day.
She can hardly see her screen, she can’t figure out how to mute or turn on her camera by herself, navigating to the different screens is really tough when you’re vision-impaired. Right now I am her right-hand-man, but she is fiercely independent and does NOT want any help. I know it’s only the beginning and of course, it’s a steep learning curve, but boy, we were both sitting there in her bedroom with giant tears rolling down our cheeks yesterday, the first day excitement having dissolved quite completely. It was a bad day.
But let’s go back to happier times back on the first day when we had our traditional “cookie chat” after they got through those classes.
Well, cookie and muffin chat, because since Lucy is still going strong with no desserts or candy this year (!!!!), she has deemed that this healthy-ish banana muffin recipe does not count as a dessert.
Seriously, look at those cheerleaders back there who were happy to join in on that cookie chat hoopla:
And silver linings.