The new year started on August 27th. No, I’m not crazy. To me the new year starts on the first day of school, and both Steve and our son started school that day. The start of the school year is a time of change for all of us. It includes new school supplies and new clothes, plus new routines and challenges.
Our son’s schedule will keep him on his toes this year. He had French 3, finite math, and three AP classes (chemistry, English composition, and US History, nicknamed APUSH). He’s no longer in band, but he’s now running cross country at the varsity level. On a good day, he gets home from school about 4:00. A late day can be after 4:30. Coming home the ritual is lots of Gatorade, a snack, decompressing, and a shower before anything else can happen. Evenings involve homework and more homework. He’s trying to juggle practicing driving, friends, and other outside activities. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s just joined a brand new medical Explorer Post that started. He’s even talking about running for an office! There have been a few bumps into the road, but that’s part of the leaning process for me as well as him.
Steve started out with a crazy schedule: Spanish 1, painting and acting. Spanish is a five unit class requiring seven hours of outside work a week. It would be more than that for Steve. The second day of class they were expected to write a sentence in Spanish. Steve decided it would be better to drop the class and focus on his other two classes. Steve’s working hard on his painting class. So far they have painted squares of color – brights, darks, that sort of thing. Nothing yet that he can enter in next year’s art show, but watch out! The art class is Tuesday and Thursday morning and the acting class is Tuesday and Thursday night. Steve is enjoying the acting class. It includes stretching exercises, meditating, and games that cause you to be in the moment as well as acting exercises. He doesn’t realize that it’s also exercising his memory, because Steve comes home and tells me all about his class. Steve experiences “fluctuating cognition” which means sometimes he can do something like read, and other times he can’t. This week he can read and has read seven chapters in his assigned book for the acting class. Tuesday and Thursday Steve naps in the afternoon to recharge between classes. Wednesday and one other day, Steve spends hours working on his homework for the painting class. It’s really good because it keeps him busy, focused, and working on a goal.
Steve’s decision to take two classes instead of three is proving to be a good one since it’s a better schedule he can manage. Daily we adjust to life and what is and isn’t working and make changes to our schedule or adjust our attitude. This year I have been reminded that each day gives us a fresh start, a new day that can be the start of a new year and all it brings.