Saturday, May 29, 2010
faith and friends and gratitude
What is a parent to do? This year, he discovered that life was much more fun if he didn't take his medication. He had friends!! I got a call from the counselor, "8th grader is different this year. And not necessarily in a good way." He was also not doing so hot in many of his classes - unable to remember what was for homework or concentrate long enough to get his work done. We finally compromised on half of his dose. As his doctor said a few years back, "The cooperation of the patient is essential in these things." This child - who has had nothing but straight A's in conduct for the past 7 years - ended up in Saturday detention one morning because he lost so many conduct points!! My quiet child!
So we sat down to write a Faith Statement. The starter that we picked was "God has blessed me with many gifts. I will show my gratitude by...." He has friends, and as fate would have it, most of them are following the path to our local Catholic High school, and he is not. So now that he has friends he will have to start again next year.
This is what we came up with : God has blessed me with many gifts; I will show my gratitude by being thankful for the friends that I’ve made at *** who have made a difference in my life. Even though they won’t be part of my daily life next year, they will always be in my heart.
"They clapped for me at practice when I read my faith statement, Mom. And I was the only one." Little brother came home with the news that 8th grader's faith statement had made Mrs. MathTeacher cry. Their principal said he could tell that it came from the heart. His classmates high-fived him. His social studies teacher said the math teacher had "warned her". It was good.