As another school year ends for the kids it gives me a moment of pause…
Samantha finished the ninth grade and Wyatt the fourth grade this year. They both made it through with flying colors. I’m really not sure how I got so lucky with how they regard school. I was never a stellar scholar and usually was more concerned with my social life than my school work. Sam & Wyatt though have learned to take it seriously and keep their priorities straight. Hopefully paving the way for their future accomplishments. THANK GOODNESS!
However, this year was a little different…It was a big one for them!
Not because they were hitting any special milestones in life or had a great achievement that they accomplished, but because for the first time in their lives they had to adjust to a major change.
In November I made the decision to move from the East Stroudsburg, PA area to the Wilkes Barre, PA area. While there are always logistical problems when moving this one was especially tender because in their short lives they have never moved before and have been going to school with the same kids since day one. Well, correction Samantha and I lived elsewhere when she was young but she has no memory of ever living anywhere but the house in East Stroudsburg, PA. While on the opposite end of the spectrum I don’t remember staying in one place for very long as a kid, always seem to be on the move.
I had all my list of positives of how this would be great for them (i.e…sidewalks, neighbors, friends within walking distance, tons of things to do (library), cost of living) my biggest concern however was how would they adjust to walking into a school and not knowing a single person. This was a brand new situation for them, one that can be very daunting if you are not open to the new experience.
My stress level was through the roof!
All in all though, they did much better than I expected. Sam came home and said school was “fine” on the first day. from a 14 year old that is good. Wyatt came home and announced he had a “new best friend” and he had his phone number and would like to go over to his house. This made me smile as he is the non-sociable one.
Sam ended up making a lot of friends. I would even go as far to say a lot more that she ever had at the other school even though she had lived there her whole life. Wyatt did not stay “best friends” with his first day companion but went on the be very friendly with his whole grade. I was reassured of this when I chaperoned for his field trip to the MVP Sports Academy.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think that it is good to embrace change in your life instead of being afraid of it. I hope that this is a lesson that my children learned this year and will use, because there is a hell of a lot more to come!