The boys school experience started off with a fantastic first day for them both. Upon arriving at the school, we waited in the reception area as a family. Then the curriculum coordinator took us all to the boy's classrooms. The teacher taking us noticed that we had 'home school' written down as our former school, and delighted in telling us that she was from Byron Bay where she had many homeschooling friends. I smiled thinking that God had given us the perfect person to begin our school experience with. She was really lovely and kind and chatty along the way, which put our whole family at ease.
Next stop was Courageous Boy Warrior's classroom. Again we had time to chat with the new teacher and settle him in. When we left, he was up the front speaking in front of the whole class telling them about himself. He is in a smaller composite class.
My husband and I left feeling very impressed with how friendly all the staff were at school and assured that our boys would be in good care. After my husband left the school for his workplace, I sat in the car and wept. I was proud of myself for not being teary in front of the boys. But when I got in the car, the reality of it all was too much for me. This was really happening.
The principal rang me after lunch and had visited both the boys in their classrooms to see how they were going. I really appreciated this personal gesture. She said that Leader Boy Warrior had given the day a 9/10 and Courageous Boy Warrior an 8/10.
As for Fearless Boy Warrior - I was concerned that he might miss his big brothers. But actually, he has been enjoying the one on one time with me. And I have been trying to rest as much as I can. To be honest, it is a foreign concept and I am going to have to learn how to rest.
When I put Leader Boy Warrior in school (for all of 3 days) 2 years ago, I had no peace about it all. That is why I ended up pulling him out of school again after only 3 days. This time, I know it is the right timing in Him and His grace is all over it. I have such peace about the boys going to school, even though I miss them so. I feel less stressed in general.
It has taken a bit of getting used to being out of the house everyday early and I am learning as I go what we need to do as a family to do so. The boys are really independent and are responsible for packing their own lunches in the morning and getting their uniform organised the night before. The boys are, however, really tired after 3 days at school. I know that they are just getting used to the new routine and being at school.
I love listening to the boys tell me all about what has been happening during their day and the friends they have made already. Leader Boy Warrior even has an invitation to a classmates birthday party already! I am loving giving them quality time in the afternoon, helping them with their homework, and finding out about their day. I had a moment today when we had half an hour until we had to take Leader Boy Warrior to his guitar lesson and we were out and it was raining. So we pulled in to Maccas so they could do their homework. I laughed to myself thinking how different our new season is.
Change always feels uncomfortable, but when it is in His timing, everything seems to run smoothly. I have a sense of expectation for or whole family for this new season and can't wait to see what adventure lies around the corner.
In the meantime, I am going to work on practicing resting. It's not as easy as it sounds, when you are so used to working on full throttle! I am going to remind myself of the symbolism of the stop sign and heed it's wisdom.
One of the most curious facts I've unearthed in my research is this: For the past 2,000 years, Stop Signs, regardless of the country of origin, have always been octagonal.
Apparently, each side of this iconic 8-sided, cross-cultural symbol of hoped-for stillness, has been imbued with a secret teaching of great import:
1. Slow down
2. Pay attention
3. Look around
5. Look within
6. Breathe deeply
8. Move consciously
And so... the next time you see a Stop Sign, you may want to remember that you are in the act of receiving a very ancient message -- one that preceded Starbucks, Twitter, YouTube, MTV, and email by thousands of years. Mitch Ditkoff
Still taking lessons from the King,