She has had the best teachers known to man in school, and her extracurricular teachers are pretty darn awesome as well.
And I’ll be honest, there’s not much better than having an extra person to love and care for your child when you worry about them so much.
Lately we have added a few extras.
At one point at the beginning of this school year as her sisters and friends’ schedules started filling up Lucy let me know she was ready for some more after-school activities. She’s meticulous how she keeps track of her days and she wanted to have her own schedule. Of course, she has her “jobs” she needs to do each day…her reading, practicing, zone, etc. But as she kept asking friends over to hang out after school and finding they were busy with one lesson or another I think she realized she was being left behind in the after-school activities.
In some ways I love that she “gets” things like that, and has the drive to keep up, but in some ways it makes me sad because she’s not able to “keep up” in the way my other children do. She has grown out of doing many of those things on the same level as her friends. Soccer now makes her too tired, she can’t keep up. Dance is the same (my heart ached for days after her last dance recital a few years ago). Even her beloved art class last year got too tricky for her to see the small examples her teacher was showing the kids so it started to leave her feeling frustrated (and the teacher too). She has piano lessons that she’s doing really well at but they’re early in the morning so she was feeling a little out-of-the-loop on the after school commitments.
So she asked if she could take some more lessons.
And when I got over being sad that she couldn’t do the same things all the other kids do (well, I don’t know that you ever really get over that), Dave and I got creative. I got to work figuring out some things for her to feel involved in. I did a little research and found the BEST gymnastics teacher (one of Elle’s friends who graduated last year) who comes once a week on Thursdays and works with her individually. She has helped her backbend down I tell you and she works so hard and comes out with a red face from so much trying every week.
And the sweetest dance teacher comes another day (another one of Elle’s friends).
And thanks to my neighbor’s great recommendation I found an art class that fit her to a “T” that she didn’t have to have amazing eyesight to keep up in. They were even working on Greek art which was right up her alley since she just studied Greece last year.
So grateful this girl’s got some good feisty grit to advocate for the things she needs. She’s gonna go places in life. Maybe different “places” from her friends, but they’ll be good ones because she’s Lucy after all.
Love you baby!