Tonight on the way home from Parent-Teacher Conferences I breathed a happy sigh.
Things are good. At this moment, things are good.
I've lived enough life and had enough experiences to know that these good moments will only be there for a moment. So breathe them in while you can, because they won't last long.
I was a bit nervous before the conferences. I always feel like these meetings are opportunities for teachers to tell you how you are failing as a parent. Ridiculous, I know. But that's how I feel.
I had never been to a conference at this school yet and wasn't sure what to expect. I assumed each teacher would tell me all the assignments my kids were missing, how their reading log isn't always signed, and how I needed to be more active in their education.
See, the kids come home from school everyday and do their work. I occasionally check it and sign the necessary reading logs, etc. But other than that...they are on their own. No micro-managing parenting going on here. I simply don't have the time and I need my kids to take ownership of their work. Its just what we do for us to survive.
Instead of hearing that things were in a disasterous mess, I heard nothing but good. All the kids are on target for their grade and in some instances, the kids were ahead.
Riley's teacher said he was respected and trusted by his classmates...that they look to him as a leader. He said that typically new kids come in nervous and scared and expected the same of Riley. He said he was surprised that on the first day he walked in with confidence and seems content to be who he is.
Rhianna's teacher said she was a model student, active in the classroom both socially and academically. Truly a great kid to have in class and adjusting well.
Reagan's teacher said he was a hard worker and can focus on his work. She said he will sometimes be the 'funny man' but while most kids are obnoxious when they do this, he isn't. That he is polite and respectful.
I'm not writing this to brag about them, but to show myself how well they are adjusting. How they are finding their place in their new school and have the respect of the teachers and fellow students.
And that felt good.
As I drove out of the school parking lot, I took a breath. I was going to enjoy that moment in time. I know that good things won't last forever and we will soon be faced with more challenges. And I can accept that. We've conquered a lot and we will be required to conquer even more.
But for now? For now I'm going to savor this.