This reminds me of Jeni
Headed to “New Families Night!”
My intro to international affairs class is in my new favorite building, Johnston
The William Johnston building is the same building where the Interior Design school is now housed! They did a big renovation of this historical building a few years back, beautiful! When I was in school ID was in a little shack on the edge of campus!
When Ana was very little she was….reserved. She could speak, she simply chose not to. We asked the pediatrician if something was wrong and he assured us that when she had something to say she would make herself heard.
When she was about 3 years old she went along with Mishi and AJ to spend the weekend at my sister’s house. They had a great time (albeit a quiet time from Ana’s perspective) until one morning at breakfast when Ana looked up from her cereal bowl and said “Yummy!” My sister almost fell out of her chair! Ana had something to say and she made herself heard.
We homeschooled for a while and Ana first attended public school here in Melbourne in 3rd grade. On her first day of school some girls came up to her during recess and said “do you want to play with us?” Ana was true to herself and said “no.” (Luckily they didn’t hold it against her and one of those girls remains one of her best friends and is with her at FSU.)
When we drove Ana to her new place in Tallahassee two weeks ago she walked into an apartment where 2 of her 3 roommates were already living. She was the new kid again…but she was different.
We watched Ana seamlessly weave her way into her new relationships, asking one girl to join us for pizza, inviting the other to help herself to some of the kitchen things we brought. Within an hour she was a welcomed part of the group.
Jeanie and I watched in awe as our little quiet one took charge and began assembling the infrastructure of her new life. For a while now we’ve been supportive observers, confident in her ability to handle her own affairs. Regardless of how she felt (was she nervous? She didn’t show it.) she came across as confident, gracious, kind and bold all at once.
Today is her first day of school at FSU. I don’t know where Ana’s studies will lead her, what she will pursue or where she’ll establish her life in the long run. But I have no doubt that when she is ready, when she has something to say, she will make herself heard.
Well said and thank you…I so often need to remind myself that my children are simply caterpillars right now and one day they will be beautiful butterflies. I bet you are extremely proud. How very different they all are, but each one of them so special and unique.
You have me in tears. But that doesn’t take much. :)
Tonight’s final product. Need white storage piece(es) for the coral colored wall. Something high? Something low with just the right art overtop? Right wall hasn’t been painted yet, but likely Revere Pewter again. Area rug sample on floor, hope to order next week. This room is just so happy now!
What room is this? Don’t remember this room?
This is the front living room. Front door to the left.