It's been bitter sweet this year watching her grow and deal with her own struggles. And boy has it been full of struggles. It's been hard watching the sadness, but it's been rewarding hearing her say recently that she's learned so much about herself from all those struggles. I hear her say she wants to put herself first next year and not focus so much on others needs and wants at school. It's a fine balancing act for all of us and the sooner she learns that lesson, the better. Life in general is all about balance.
Over the past several months, we've had family member after family member dealing with some sort of illness or death. Because of this we've spent a lot of time with the special people in our lives. I've seen the "re-connection" with many of these people and heard the growth of trust and bonding that's been going on. It was gone for a short time and it's nice to have that connection again.
This went a little off from where I planned to take it, but I'll bring it back to "The Last Day of School". Books are special in our home. I love to receive books and I love to give books. I love the library and love finding THE PERFECT BOOK to give as a gift. When I seen the promo for this book on TV last week, I knew exactly what I wanted to give Ciara on her last day of school. This is it.....
From the time Ciara was 5, she would start every morning off with the Today show. It wasn't long before she could recite the opening monologue by memory. By the time she was 8 she knew she wanted to be a News Journalist and Broadcaster. Katie Couric was the ultimate role model in her eyes. Her interest in journalism hasn't wavered, she's just added the word "politics" to the conversation. In middle school she started a school paper when there wasn't one and just last week she interviewed to be part of the newspaper crew next year at school.
If you ask her what direction she wants to life to go, she'll tell you firmly "I want to be a political journalist when I'm young and when I retired I want to be in local politics." Definitely out of the ordinary for most, but then again my daughter is far from ordinary...she's extraordinary!