Although I see and interact with you daily, I am overwhelmed to realize you are thirteen years old. It feels like it crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder suddenly. You are growing to be such a tall, handsome boy, and I see hints of the man you are going to be. You measured yourself next to me daily for months till one day you were indeed taller, and it brought you such delight.
This year has brought such huge changes for you. You love the school you attend. It is a mixed cyber charter, so you go to school three days a week, and you are home two. It suits you. You have never been able to be around large groups of people for the whole week. This allows you to be part of a classroom yet get the breaks from people that you need to thrive. You are becoming incredibly successful in the classroom for the first time. Your lowest grade is a B+; your teacher says you have become her best student, and often you mentor for the other kids around you. Your BSC and I think it is a combination of finally finding a medication you can take, maturity, swimming, and the incredible support your school provides. I think back to 7th grade and how much I hated school. Not you! You bound off for the bus or to the dining room table happy to go to school. I am glad we found a school that works for you.
You are still part of the swim team; it is your 7th year! Actually, you decided to go to a higher level of training and
you joined the USA team. You were very nervous about the harder training but you are adjusting easily although you needed an Ibuprofen a few times the first week for muscle soreness. You are very strong and you try to muscle your way through races. Don’t forget big strong boy that you need technique. Your had a great summer and still are excited by the fact you were 6th in the league for breaststroke and won high point for the team for your age group. Swimming is a huge commitment and these days you go to almost every practice with a smile except for Friday although, after it is over you are happy you went. You still get overwhelmed by the crowds and noise at swim meets you but you have some coping mechanisms and you continue to participate at a high level anyway. It
astounds me how hard it is for you to have you sit at a crowded meet but you choose to do it anyway. You have incredible tenacity.
You love to get on Aaron’s last nerve. You torture that poor kid although you guys are still thick and thieves. I am going to repeat my Father’s words, “be good to your brother, he could be your best friend”. I know he is a little sensitive. Be kind. Don’t laugh at his displeasure.
You still come to Thorazine practice and shows. You really have little to no interest in music beyond listening. That is ok with us. You have to be your own person and not follow in your parents footsteps. I do my best to support your passions and you do the same for us.
You have been more at peace this year than you ever have been before. It’s refreshing and makes my job as your Mom easier. I find we laugh more, have been able to do more as a family, and you are happier than you ever have been. I remember telling you in your darkest times that I could not fight for you if you won’t fight for yourself. You are fighting so hard and your success so sweet. Here’s to your teenage years! I hope you stay as active and engaged as you are right now. You have all the tools to be successful, you just have to use them.
Watching you grow and being your Mom is a privilege. Just know how much I love you every single day.
Have a great year,
Love your Mom..