A. (age 13, 8th grade) sits at the computer for awhile almost every day to instant message with friends. Sometimes the group is 5 or 6 or 7 people at once. Most of the group is in GATE (gifted and talented education) with her at school. They like to quiz each other on facts and trivia, you know- nerd stuff. A. prides herself on being a nerd. She is also quite the social butterfly! The talk last night was focused on one of the boys who will be bussed from the junior high to the high school for part of the day to take honors geometry classes!! YIKES!! That boy is going places, figuratively and literally!!
Today is the second day back to school for A. I have to take pause when I see her bop out the door, as wasn't it only just yesterday I was in 8th grade in that same school??? Sometimes I look in the mirror and think, "Who is this middle 40's person looking back at me? I feel so young in my mind." I never was part of a group in school like A. I was never a nerd or a social or any other titled group for that matter. I was a swimmer and a dancer and there was no group name for that.
Well anyway, one day while she was instant messaging and typing at lightning speed (oops, I mean "keyboarding" as I am told they do not call it typing anymore! That's my middle 40's language coming out.) she was also sketching at the same time. Doing her own self portrait from a photo she snapped of herself.
Don't your own kids amaze you all the time?? Mine do.