We’re just back from a four-week break that caught me somewhat by surprise. I’ve been so focused on working on some material for Kent’s 12th-birthday celebration that I took my eye off the mid-term outlook. And before I knew it, a month has flown by!
I knew we’d be off school for a week during our annual pilgrimage to Chicago. (We had a terrific time as always. So good to spend time with friends!) And I knew we were bringing home with us a special visitor from out-of-town, my brother’s younger son, Eli. And I knew his brother, Caleb, and my brother himself would be joining us a week or so after that. And I knew my mom was going to be in town to join the festivities. Put it all together, and you’ve got a solid four-week block of time during which no school was going to happen.
When planning for this summer, it had been my intention to hold school straight on through. But when presented with the opportunity for my boys to spend time with their cousins from overseas, it was a no-brainer to modify our schedule accordingly. Scholastic education is a priority, but building relationships — especially ones with family we rarely get to see — is a greater one. It is easier to make difficult decisions when priorities have been established.
Now that the company has vacated the premises, we’re back at it. Kent said today that it is good to be back on task, and it pleased me to hear him say it. Work is as much (if not more) a gift to us as is leisure, and it looks like that awareness is banging around somewhere within Kent’s heart and mind. It is a recognition that will serve him well.
Darah and I are busily working on some fun things that we’ll be launching this fall for the school and our young men. This combined effort dovetails neatly with the work I’m doing for Kent’s 12th birthday. Can’t wait to share it all when I am able.
Until then, further up and further in!