Tuesday, September 10, 2013

First Day of School

Yesterday, JT started the 8th grade.  For the 11th year in a row, I made some pictures of him on the front porch.  It's a tradition and the boy even smiled as he indulged me.
7th grade was rather a rough ride at my house and as I made these photos yesterday morning, I found myself reflecting on the last school year.  We've been at work on some things to make the 8th grade better.  And so I live in hope, as one must when dealing with a kid.  For one thing, he is 13 and he's a child (no matter how large and how loud) and children are by their very definition works in progress.  For another, living in hope is the only strategy I know.  And so I embrace the uncertainty and live in hope.

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