Flowers and Thriving
Friday, May 17, 2019
Enjoyed Senior Dance yesterday and took some pictures of the lovely roses around our venue:
The place is actually called The Magnolia Building. I truly enjoy all the nose-level magnolias that bloom there for months. This year I really enjoyed the 7 nose-level magnolias on our tree, and will look forward to more next year. But in the meantime, I will sniff every week here!
Another real joy in my life is realizing that Natalie is doing well in school. I've been concerned. Seemed like it took the teachers forever to give her grades for the period she had surgery and missed a month of school. And she just doesn't seem as motivated as I was at that age. She doesn't show much excitement about school but then she doesn't stress about assignments and tests like I did. I've come to decide that is good. Today she asked me to drive her to school early. She was invited to the Rise and Shine Breakfast where teachers make pancakes and more for the students who have read at least one million words this school year. She has read an estimated 1.3 million words! She also is in the top fifteen reading scores for 6th grade students (in a very academic IB middle school) and has been invited to a bowling party in honor of that accomplishment. She's sad that she's not allowed to bowl yet (still healing from surgery), but plans to go to socialize. May 30th she returns to her surgeon in Gainesville and we expect more restrictions to be lifted. I offered to help her return to running, starting with slow walk-run-walk. At this point she's not interested, but perhaps she'll change her mind. We'll see. And I'm not sure how second grader Gwen is doing in school, but I decided not to worry -- just wait and see. On the 22nd Natalie has an award ceremony at her school; Gwen's is on the 24th. Gwen is also in the talent show on the 21st, so we'll be going to school a whole lot next week.
Hope you have flowers in your life and people you love who are thriving!!