Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Clarity

Audrey is, so far, having a great middle school experience.

But. But! Sending your own out into the savage world of pre-teens is very frightening. Especially your own who are so like you...

(junior high V: walking home for lunch every day because I was too scared to find someone to sit with).


I read this: Dark Glass, Energy of Heart tonight and loved it so.

Clarity.

I'm giving a lesson on friendship tomorrow night at church for a sweet group of 8-11 year olds and have thoughts a'swirling.
(does that mean I was supposed to stay up until 2 am blogging?)

4 comments:

Sara Z said...

Oh dear. I dread the thought of Tennessee ever growing up and having to endure Junior High and High School. Kids are so cruel to each other. It's hard to imagine that the whole world doesn't love your child as much as you do. But it still feels like they should. I just wrote an email about friendship stuff (and how hard it can be sometimes). And it probably won't help your lesson at all, but I was thinking of sending it to you anyway as I was writing it. So perfect that we are on the friendship wavelength together today.

Braden said...

Oh dear, it is hard, isn't? I'm so glad that my kids are able to go to my sheltered little school. It's still hard, though, and teaching in Middle School sometimes brings old and painful memories rushing back! Like chaperoning dances, for example.

Stoddard Family said...

Valerie,
I love you. I love your family. You are a strength to me, across the miles and years. Sending my prayers and good wishes.
Shelley

Trisha said...

Valerie-
I sent you an e-mail a while ago, but I am thinking that maybe you didn't get it. Anyway,I will just make a long story...short.

We moved to Tennessee about 15 months ago so that Kevin could complete his anesthesia residency here at Vanderbilt. Well, our bishop who is Bishop Bell had a link on his blog for his friends, Valerie and Nathan. For fun, I clicked on the link and was shocked when I found out that you guys knew each other, and that you also used to live in Nashville. It really is such a small world. Wow!

Kevin and I taught your daughter Audrey in nursery while living in the U of U student apartments. I can't believe how grown up she is. She was the sweetest little girl. In fact, we loved her so much that we named our own daughter after her.

My two older daughters love reading your blog, and following along with Marian's journey. The video of her singing you are my sunshine was priceless, and they ask to watch it over and over again.

I just want you to know how much you inspire me. I know that you are going through some challenging times right now. I think of you and your family often. Take care

-Trisha Preece