Kids these days

Last night, fortunately a night off for my husband John, we attended an awards ceremony at Kid1’s school, Niu Valley Middle School. We learned that Principal Justin Mew was named Principal of the Year for the DOE. We were also updated on the school’s International Baccalaureate status, which will continue through Kaiser HS, a school that is in the final phase of achieving that ranking as well.
There were awards given for athletics, arts, media, humanities, math and science. Sophie, aka Kid1, won a science award. She’s been placed in advanced math for next year. She’s pretty jazzed about taking college-level courses while in high school. I’m in awe. I was never that kid. Perfect attendance was my best achievement, LOL.
Kid2, aka Charlotte, was a bit squirmy during the ceremonies, but, she was amused by the bassoon ensemble of 12 young people, from sixth grade through Kaiser HS students, plus the conductor (13th). Those are big instruments, but quite elegant. There was also entertainment by the percussion ensemble: marimbas, xyelophones, kettle drums, bongos, triangles, cymbals, you name it. Trash can lid, too, I bet!  Those also held Charlotte’s attention.
I expect Charlotte will see some satisfaction in the arts realm. She’s a voracious reader and I am reassured by her math comprehension. Thank goodness. I thought she’d turn out like me.
Lately the sisters are collaborating on a story about cats with super powers. They’ve created 32 characters based on Charlotte’s drawings, have mapped out their bios, skills, talents, flaws. They’ve assigned them to various elements. They’ve got ven diagrams of the whole plan. I’m in awe. I WISH I had that kind of vision, drive and determination. How can I help them really launch this?
Sometimes Charlotte feels intimidated by what Sophie is up to both socially and academically. But both of them make me want to look them in the eyes and query: What’s it like to be you? Those big, searching, beautiful eyes that have yet to behold so much. For a mother, it’s an amazing thing to observe.
My own childhood was a mess, so that makes this seem so much like a gift. I’m getting a chance to see what it’s like to be part of a normal family.

By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.

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