Thursday, September 17, 2009

Walking Through the First Day

Today was a "see how it goes" kind of day. I had a tentative schedule mapped out for my day and before the morning was over, I scrapped it. There were things I hadn't thought about like wanting to be free to spend time with my daughter just before she heads out the door for the school bus, and scheduling in things that get me away from the computer for a break!
As the day progressed, I feel I found a workable rhythm and wrote it down so I can try it out tomorrow. Personally, I need a schedule to keep me motivated and on track.
It is "Week Zero" which means I didn't actually study English 101 today. This next week gives students an opportunity to learn and become familiar with the Angel Network which carries the online courses. I am very thankful for the orientation! ! !

My daughter is having a good week in high school - I can see her determination to do well, not only in her studies, but also in her social circles. It's not easy being a teen or being in high school; but she is doing great and I'm very happy for her!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

First Day Back to College

My last post was Sept. 2nd, which was my daughter's first day of high school.
Tomorrow is the first day of the online college course that I registered to take this quarter - English 101. Week zero - a week of orientation.

My daughter was excited to see all the people on the campus.
I am excited to be able to study alone.
She knows what she'll be doing for the next few years - finishing high school and on to college.
It's all a mystery to me.
She even "knows" what she'll be when she grows up!
I haven't a clue!

It's interesting the difference a few decades can make in one's perspective!
What I do know is this...Every day will be an adventure on the way to where I'm going. Every day it will get clearer as I get closer to the destination, and, in the meantime, I'll keep studying and learning and living to the best of my ability!
(and, hopefully, I'll learn where these silly commas are really supposed to go!)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First Day of High School

I just dropped my youngest daughter off at the High School. It's her first day of school, first day of High School and her first day in public school. Only one other of my children has attended public school, but he was a couple of years older - and a guy.
I am very excited for her. Her first word, as we drove into the parking lot, was, "PEOPLE! ! !"
She is going to do well and I know that this was the right decision for her this year.
Its the first year, in 26yrs, that I won't be responsible for the education of my children. I've home schooled all six - 4 went to community college, 2 went on to university, 1 excelled in the IT programs at the Vocational School -also hopes to take Massage Therapy soon - and now the youngest is in High School.
There are many reasons for making this choice this year - not the least of which is her desire to go, so when I stopped the van to let her out, I had no qualms about it. I told her "I love you, with all my heart...have a great day!" She smiled back and got out.
As I watched her walk toward the buildings, she looked very young, very individual and very alone in the huge crowd of students that had already gathered outside. She doesn't know very many kids there, but she has determination and it won't be long before she has more friends than she'll be able to keep track of.
So, thus begins another chapter in our lives - "The Daughter in High School."
I wish you all the best, sweetie! I know you'll do well!