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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!!
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    How beautiful those flowers are and that you can enjoy them daily. The only flowers here so far are those from the greenhouse. The tulips are starting to come up at people's houses, always the first bright perk of spring. There are also some blooms on the various cherry and apple trees.
    Congrats to Natalie for her reading award! Reading is a great way to learn spelling and the written word. Its great she has an interest in it. Maybe when she is fully healed and is given clearance to get back in her activities she will take more of an interest in school. Good for Gwen being in the talent show!
    155 days ago
    The flowers are gorgeous! Natalie is doing so well. I'm impressed. Don't worry about the lack of joy at her grades. At her age, it isn't too cool to be impressed by grades. Also since her middle school (when I taught in one it was called The Middle Years Program) is an IB school it is invitation only. (Mine was a whole school program in which every level and ability was included.) Most of her classmates are at the same achievement level. It is a strange combination of competitiveness along with peer support. I'm sure Gwen did fine too. She has a whole different makeup. Sometimes, you just can't tell. With you as their grandmother, I'm sure they will do great!
    155 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/17/2019 8:33:53 PM
    Just been out for a recess walk enjoying the tulips and magnolias and forsythia blooming in my part of the world -- picked a few daffodils and pansies and hyacinths for the kitchen table this morning. Love flowers.

    Love your attitude about your grandgirls too -- sounds like they are doing just great with your supportive presence always. They are lucky lucky girls.
    156 days ago
  • NANCY-
    The IB program will make college courses easy.
    Perhaps she feels different from her peers, fitting in or leading plays a big role in their young lives. My son felt like an outcast until he went to Europe for 3 weeks. Then he realized there was a whole world outside of our town.
    Hope things get better for her.
    156 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    156 days ago
    Wow! Gorgeous, gorgeous flowers.

    Natalie has been through so much, and I just think back to when my DD was in 6th grade. She didn't like school all that much -- girls @ that age are HUGELY unkind. But she, like your Natalie did keep up scholastically so bottomline is, w/your support and her parents' support she'll make it thru this phase. glad she is still wanting to go to the bowling event just to socialize.

    156 days ago
  • THOMPSON78021
    Beautiful Picture
    156 days ago
    There's a reason your state is named "Florida"! emoticon

    Congrats to Natalie on her academic achievements. We can learn so much from our kids and grandkids, can't we? About not stressing as much... and I truly hope that the apparent lack of stressing out or being anxious on her part is for real. Glad she decided to go socialize even if she isn't allowed to bowl.

    Have a great weekend! emoticon
    156 days ago
    As long as Natalie is reading, she’ll be FINE! She has been through a lot and she has handled it (with the wonderful support of her family) with aplomb. Congratulations on being the grandmother we all wish we had had!
    156 days ago
    Those flowers are beautiful. So glad you had a good time at the dance. Good luck with all the awards things going on.
    156 days ago
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