Lucy started school yesterday. Yep, still in July, and on I think the 24th day in a row where the desert has hit 110 degrees or higher. (It was 115 yesterday, I think 117 predicted today, yikes!) But hey, I digress because this post is all about how we’re back at it for a “positive” school year. Not a complaining one. Ha!
We got back from Bear Lake and Murphy’s baby blessing just in time to have one day to whip some things together to get this girl ready for her JUNIOR year.
Oh how I love this girl…and her dog.
Our one school-prep day
With our one day of prep, we sweet-talked the people at the school to let us in so she could explore how to get to her new classes. Lucy is one, like lots of kids I’m sure, who needs to get used to things. It took her a while to get used to this new schedule idea. She texted everyone and their dog to see who had what, wishing and hoping she had good teachers but more importantly people she knows in her classes. I know all kids swap and compare schedules like nobody’s business, but Lucy takes it to another level. First of all she is so social and knows this may be her only time to see many friends. But second, she just wants to know what’s in store. Uncertainty is really tricky when you can’t see very well.
We lucked out with the nicest helpers at the school who let her in to walk to each class before the sea of kids would be joining her there the next day.
We wrote her classes all big so she could see them (really tough to see screens), and walked those giant, empty hallways.
She came out confident and ready…
…and even asked if she could get a new shirt (!!). This is crazy-talk since Lu doesn’t like new things.
We took a sunset walk, the three musketeers back in the swing of life in the hot and muggy desert.
And Dave gave Lucy a special beginning-of-school Father’s Blessing:
She was ready to go!
Until that night when she checked one more time and her schedule had randomly been changed.
Oh no! This was a little bit alarming, but you know what? Lu was ok. She was quite concerned, but as she thought through it and we emailed a few people to try to figure it out, she knew she’d be ok. There’s something in all that she learned this summer that made her realize she can do this! Maybe more than anything her grit helped her know she could do it.
The first day of school
And she did.
The next morning we of course had our traditional rainbow pancakes:
Then, armed with the confidence she gained from so many experiences this summer, and just a good dose of growing up, she headed out that door for her first day of school. She even asked for her hair to be crimped and down instead of braided. Who is this??
Oh there were some hiccups for sure. She and I both worked together to sort out the schedule issues…still working on those!
But she made it!
And got home ready to talk at our first day “cookie chat,” making sure Claire was included in London:
(See Claire on the phone there? Yep, one of Lucy’s biggest fans and wanted to know all the details.)
Setting up for a positive school year — Our new family theme this year
So what’s the “positive” business in this post title you might ask?
We talked about all the things we have built this year, from confidence to try new things to some new products for Dave, to new friendships to our foundations of faith to this new blog design here on 71 toes 🙂 Isn’t the word “build” just so beautiful?
Dave came up with the one for this year:
Positive is a pretty beautiful word too.
Dave told the story of the parable of the man who had so many bad things come his way (I wish I could find it to share, I’ll work on that). This man took it all with a grain of salt and in the long-run he was able to see all the places he grew through all the rough things in his path.
Hoping this little reminder sitting on our counter will help us remember a positive attitude can work wonders in life.
Then we re-instigated our “Tuesday Night Swim-Club”…at least for one night, in our luke-warm desert-heated pool under the sunset.
It was a good day.
Today is trickier. But it’s going to all work out. Because this girl’s got some pluck.
Here’s to Junior Year!