OK~ It's really no secret that our youngest son simply hated school. He did not like much about it at all. I can count on one hand the number of school sponsored events he wanted to attend, or even attempted to attend. Sure, there were more in Elementary school that he wanted to attend, but BAM, once Middle School happened the interest in school really plummeted.
He graduated from high school last Sunday and I must tell you that we have a much more relaxed, delightful 18 year old young man in our home. It was like a cloud of dust was lifted off of him. He gets himself up for work each day. He heads off to bed at a reasonable time (10-11 p.m.) and he's just a happy young man.
I'm now thinking back to those Middle School years. When he was in 6th and 7th Grade he volunteered through our Parks and Recrecation Department. He assisted several coaches in Flag Football, Basketball, and Soccer for 4-6 year olds. While observing him at one of his Flag Football practices one of the parents of a child on the team came up to me and said, "Does your son want to be a teacher?" Ummm, I about choked on my own tongue. I was thinking, lady- if you only knew? The Principal at the Middle School has me on speed dial, really? I replied, "No, he does not."
He received the award for the youth volunteer of the year after his 7th grade year. I think that's pretty cool for a kid that hated school.
So, we fast forward to high school. He finds himself employed through the school district- now, that my friends is irony! He has worked with the transportation department and building/grounds. Yes, this is the same kid that tossed something out of the window of a bus while on a school field trip. And yes, he was kicked off the bus for a few days. We sucked it up and dealt with it. The transportation director who had to call me to deliver that "good" news, is now his boss. Talk about irony and school, we've seen it all first hand. One would think he would have wanted to run from those buildings; but it's all now seen through different eyes and he's happy!
It will be fun to see where he heads down this path of life. The cool thing about all of this. He has matured, learned from his mistakes and grown into a responsible young man. So, for now, we enjoy the ride and see where life takes him. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?