Both Audrey and Emma returned to school this week to very mixed results.
Emma is doing great! She jumped right in and is enjoying her classes and has already made two friends. One of the girls she has gotten to know is the daughter of Joanne's best friend from ninth grade. What a small world deal that is! Also, based on some testing and on her transcripts Emma has been placed in advanced Math and English. It'll be so good for her to be challenged. I think she spent a little time coasting at Denver Christian because she is such a smart kid with a solid work ethic. So far everything looks good for Emma in terms of her integration and success at her new middle school. She even mastered getting her locker open which was a real concern for her.
Audrey is a little bit miserable. Granted, she has only had one day of school, but she "hates" it. It needs to be said that Audrey has "hated" every school she has attended so this is nothing new. I am very hopeful that she will make a friend or two. I think that would really change the picture for her. She had her best friend from Creek come down to the Springs last weekend which was a good deal, but it turns out that that friend is going to move to Tennessee so Audrey is bummed about that.
I just hurt for Audrey because she has a hard life. I think some kids that act like Audrey need a good smack in the head, but when I look at Audrey's reality and it is pretty tough. She has lost a connection with her mom in a lot of ways, she had to move house, move schools, lose touch with friends. And she is a 14 year old girl, which I am convinced has to be the most difficult thing to be. For whatever reason, I feel an enormous amount of compassion and empathy toward her. I feel like if just one thing could go really right for her it would begin to change everything.
I tried to brighten her day this past weekend by taking her to get her eyebrow pierced. She has wanted a new piercing for a long time and we worked together to find the best tattoo shop in town and on Saturday we went in and got it done. The guy who does their piercing is a real pro. She has had a number of piercing from a guy in Denver who we really liked but this guy down her is every bit as good in my estimation. The piercing looks so good on her. Now she is trying to figure out what she wants done next--which I have told her will be a long ways off! She even has plan for her first tattoo; full back angel wings! I have tried to explain to her how long and how many sittings it'll take to get that done but she is determined. Of course she won't get a tattoo until after she turns 18 and I will get a vote on what she gets and who does the work.
Joanne is hanging in there. As we come up on the second anniversary of her stroke I think she is struggling because after all this time she still faces a lot of challenges that she thought would be behind her. I try to boost her spirits. For example, she loves the carrot cake at the neighborhood deli so today she will have that for lunch. It's nutritious because it has carrots, right? She is still spending a lot of time reading each day, and since my folks have TV she has enjoyed watching "What not to Wear" on TLC. Her friend Kristin is coming to take her out for coffee on Friday which will be a great treat. But even much more so than Audrey, Joanne has a tough go of it. She is in constant pain and has so much trouble getting around. Wish I could fix it for her!
1. Praise for Emma's experience at school!!!
2. Please pray that Audrey would make a friend or two. That could be a game changer for her. And is you could also just pray that a good thing would happen for her that would be great.
3. Please pray for peace for Joanne. Her daily life is a struggle and she gets so down about it. Pray for a boost in her spirits.