To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New Reality

Remember that old Dolly Parton song "9 to 5" and the line that went
"Stumbled out of bed and stumbled to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition and yawned and stretched and tried to come to life..."?
That was me yesterday morning at 5:30...but I managed it...had the girls up by six and out the door by 6:45...excited and nervous they let me snap one little picture in front of the school terrified that someone would see.

After dropping their back packs and lunch boxes in their respective rooms everyone gathered in the grand hall...a large room that serves as auditorium, lunch room and PE room as needed. Sarah and Emily were quickly welcomed by groups of other girls and invited to play games. At another table a group of boys ranging in age gathered to either play cards or stand and watch...everywhere I looked kids were happy and one was left alone to wander and mope.
Some kind of silent alarm must have gone off because suddenly and without a word from an adult the kids began putting games away...older children helped the younger kids find their place in the chairs and at 7:50 they were all gathered together quiet and attentive as morning meeting began. Scripture was read...creeds were recited...the catechism was reviewed...there is something very big and awe inspiring when that many voices simultaneously petition and declare "Thy kingdom come."
Back home Abby stepped into the role of big sister and helper easily...this time with Mom will be good for her I think...Sam stayed busy but occasionally asked where his girls were...Claire was...well...Claire. We baked cookies and read stories...structuring our new days will happen this week and hopefully the new routine will be established by next week...lessons with Sam and Abby will most likely happen during nap time...Claire can be just a tad distracting and demanding.
I dropped those three off at Susan's at 2:30 so I could pick up the school girls and talk with their teachers. Both had a wonderful first day...Sarah bubbling over with words and happiness...Emily in her very quiet way sharing bits and pieces...Sarah had worked hard over Christmas break in Math so she was only one chapter behind her class and easily fell into the groove...Emily loved Latin class and really surprised me at how much she remembered of the Riggs spelling system when we reviewed last night...she didn't need much help to remember all the various symbols and breaks in the words.
It was a good day...a good beginning for a new normal.


sj said...

How grand! I feel for Abby, tho, having to slide in and out of 'big sister' role.

I do wonder what 'normal' is. I once heard it described as the setting on the dryer. But they don't use that setting any more. :)

Glad things are off to a marvelous start .... good school experiences are so enjoyable ... learning, paper, friends, teacher/mentors, books, school lunches with gluten and whey, conspiracies, boys, learning, ... did I mention new school supplies? :)

Enjoys to everyone!

WunderMom said...

How exciting! I'm so happy they had a wonderful first day. I can't wait to hear their stories. What a sweet picture. They look so happy!

tori said...

yea 4 sarah and em! i hope they enjoy school. that is so cool that they get 2 go. love u guys!!!! ♥tori

Chamfam said...

I am so glad things went well for the first day! It looks like a great start for a great rest of the school year! Great job preparing them Marty! I hope the girls continue to be successful each day as they learn new subjects and a new appreciation for worship and obedience.

Anonymous said...

How sweet! I know they'll do so well!