Well, she did it! Goodnight made it through her first day of high school. I couldn’t wait to hear how it went. I actually got off work a bit early yesterday and went to pick her up. I sent her a text to let her know that she didn’t have to get on the city bus. She apparently forgot to turn off her text messaging notification sound and her phone made a little ‘cling’ during class. I wonder how many times she’s said, “I’m sorry, that was my gram.” The moment I picked her up, the chatter began and I loved it!
There was a lovely young man who got on her bus yesterday and seemed to recognize that she was going to his school. He was a junior or a senior, but he took the time to notice her and tell her that it’s a good school and she would be fine. As soon as she gets his name, I am going to contact the principal and ask him to call that young man to the office for a hearty compliment. He deserves attention for going out of his way.
Goodnight knew a lot of people at the school. She had attended a basketball clinic for three summers at that school and played a basketball season with a community center group in the area prior to her middle school basketball years. She ran into people right and left that she had met at some point within the last five years. She also saw some of her elementary school classmates who live on the side of town which makes that high school in their busing area. Additionally, she took ice-skating lessons in the arena at her high school and had a high comfort level with the campus.
When she got done with her excited chatter about all the people she knew, I told her I had planned it that way when I got her involved in activities years ago. I had already decided where I would send her to school, so I made an effort to get her into groups to meet kids.
Her excited chatter turned to her classes. “Gram! We had a quiz already in Home Ec. The teacher asked us questions just to see where we were at with experience in the kitchen.”
Gram: She asked if you had ever washed pots and pans, then?
GN: Nah. She asked us conversions. Her first question went like this: “No one has ever gotten this question right, but I still ask it. If you have 4 tablespoons of something, how many teaspoons does that equal? There are only a couple of freshmen in that class, the rest are mostly juniors and seniors, but I was the only one who raised my hand. I got it right!!! That ends her streak of no one getting it right!
GN had a good day. I expect it will be like that for the most part. We all have ups and downs, but it’s really a plus to get off on the right foot.
Thanks to my blog buddies who sent me messages for Goodnight. I passed them along to her and she just beamed with confidence. Your kindness did not go unnoticed. Maybe I should call y’all into the principal’s office for a hearty compliment, too!
Last evening, I took the freshman housemate of mine out for steak. There’s another reason for that, but I will share that story tomorrow.