(Thank you Carmen/sis).
"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts." ~ John Locke
Thursday's post can be easy or hard for me to write - it's usually something that's on my mind and something relevant. I have so many things going on in my head today!
The most important thing is my grandson - and his 6th grade middle school. Many of you have been coming here for awhile and know over the summer we tried 4 or 5 Christian schools for my grandson. Now the reason we didn't pick the one closest to us - was that when my daughter went to a Christian school we went there and didn't like it. I think back then they still paddled and it was not accredited.
We searched all schools up to ten miles away. One after another said no he did not fit. (Their loss by the way). We decided to try this one less than a mile from home just as a fluke. We didn't even waste the money to apply at first we needed to check some things out first - and tell them about the grandson's spelling and writing - right up front. Ask they about accreditation and punishment.
The principal was different. No punishment other then checks which he would get at a public middle school, and it is accredited now. We talked about his issues - he looked at the grandson's grades and said he felt he could do the work and they would work on the writing and spelling.
Well all summer the grandson complained and my stomach was upset and I was kind of tied up in knots.
We went to open house and had dinner - grandson still did not like it.
The Saturday before school started the 6th grade had a pool party - aha - he starts to like it.
Week one he tells me to give him a week to decide.
Last week - week two - he starts to own the school as his. He loves and is proud of the uniform. Loves the kids and the teachers. Has gone to his first football game. Has two lockers. Changes classes. Has two checks - for not bringing the right materials to class - and is happy as a clam.
Now I am worried why it is going so well. You can't win - right? The one thing he does have - is homework. He must have 3 hours a night and remember he does have ADHD. But he is doing it and he wants to do it. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? It is a great school and he is learning so much.
Okay the original thought I was starting to say is - I wanted to thank everyone who prayed for us and prayed for the right school. God knew what he was doing? Why did I worry. Why can't I trust better?
Anyway I thank you for praying and I thank God for answering your prayers.
I thought last weeks Thursday's Thoughts were so good. Basically it was about not following the crowd - becoming your own person - living more in the now.
I saw kind of a trend. I think the older the person was who commented - the more they understood - and I remember being in my 30's or 40's and I knew about it, but I didn't
I think it is sort of a time of passage. I'm going to be 60 next birthday - and I know that isn't old - and I know hopefully I won't be dying - but I know this too - everyone is going to die from something and I have less years to go then what I have spent!
I didn't waste my years when I was struggling and learning things. But I did waste some of my time and at times I wish I had back.
So what I have learned from all this is - TIME IS PRECIOUS - you have to do your normal living things I know that - but if you can take little chances - do something new to experience - not stay mad - learn to love - I think my last 20 years (?) will be much better then the early ones. I'm looking forward to growing old. It feels safer now. I feel I know myself better now. I don't let people walk all over me like I used too - at least I am getting better. I say no more often to others and yes more to myself.
And I know this - God is good no matter what happens in my life. \
Everything is okay even when it is not okay.
Okay done with thinking - my brain is tired!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
"Joy and hope are never separate. I have never met a hopeful person who was depressed or a joyful person who had lost hope...It is important to become aware that at every moment of our life we have the opportunity to choose joy. It is in the choice that our true freedom lies, and that freedom is, in the final analysis, the freedom to love.” Henri Nouwen - Catholic Priest 1932-1996