It was the first day of school and hubby and I did the “divide and conquer” approach to get 3 kids (plus and exchange student) to the right places, at the right time. . . with the right amount of love, attention and nurturing.
I did the littles, while hubby did the big kids, including dropping our eldest daughter off to Middle School for her first day.
All went well until we met up after the half day to grab the last bits of school supplies and Hubby dropped the F-bomb on me.
Our eldest wants to do French Immersion.
Now, 4 months after she was supposed to decide. After the many, many (many) conversations we had about it back in february where she adamantly refused to do it.
She said it was going to be too hard. She didn’t want to do math in french. She just wanted to enjoy school, do lots of writing and do well at “normal”
Until she spent 1.5hrs AT school. . . then she decided to take the leap into French Immersion.
We chatted with the school, we were informed about the commitment required, and sent home to have a “serious talk” with our girl.
Hubs and I sat her down, tried to explore where this new found commitment had come from, and allowed her to ask questions and chat about the program.
And in the end we let her know that it was her decision, 100%.
And in the end she has decided to go for it.
Even though her friends aren’t in the program, she wants to do it.
Even though it will be harder and more challenging, she is committed.
Even though her dad and I don’t KNOW FRENCH, she is confident that she can make it work.
And that makes me exceptionally proud of her, and rather in awe.
This is her first major decision that she is making all on her own. She has been given the opportunity to decide on a path and she has leapt forward and chosen one.
And that is awesome. And amazing. And bewildering.
Our girl surprised us today with her maturity and confidence. She IS growing up, and she is growing up well. My stomach is in knots at the thought of her in immersion (so if you have experienced it, please put my mind at ease) but I have confidence in my daughter, that even at age 10 she knows how to follow her instincts, and choose a direction.
So, félicitations fille , et voici à une année exceptionnelle .