I never thought my Nies would be going back to school- to my dining room table.
Between home school and virtual school, the excitement of "going back to school"
I'm trying to make it as fun as possible, but to be honest,
I can't help but feel sad and disappointed too.
No classic first day of school photos in new school clothes,
new backpacks, or brown paper bag lunches.
If there is one thing us Nies have learned over the
years it's that disappointment happens,
but it's what we choose to do with that disappointment that is crucial.
|Jane, SENIOR YEAR|
So we're trying to hold our heads high,
work hard, and remember that God is in control.
Over video-chat and a rundown of how school went for our kids,
my sister Lucy and I were lamenting our new normal and wondering
if our kids will really learn anything with these new precautions and concerns.
|Oliver, Sophomore year|
School here in NC is virtual only while her kids
are going back to school two times a week with masks and a plastic
sheet around their desks for protection. I gasped. Really?
|Nicholas, 8th grade|
Then she suggested that maybe our kids aren't supposed
to go back to school to learn academically
necessarily, but more to learn patience, love,
kindness, and compassion with their peers.
I gasped again, I liked that thought.
|Charlotte, 3rd grade|
This will really stretch our children in ways maybe
we can't see clearly right now, and
I have faith that everything will make sense someday, somehow.
And maybe this won't end up being so bad after all? Maybe?
And in the meantime, I appreciate the effort teachers and educators
are putting into making virtual school work.