The new Jewish year has truly been a new beginning for our family. In the same week as Rosh Hashanah, Abe started college and Rosie started her junior year of high school (read the crunch year). And in the few weeks before that, the car that Abe had been driving quit and we had to get a new old car for him quickly, and there was a quick trip to California for a wedding. Rosie continued seeing and her camp boyfriend and Ora started a relationship too.
So a lot has changed for us. Hopefully you'll excuse me for not having written in a few weeks.
Abe is doing pretty well at college, but he just got hit with a writing assignment- and writing is NOT his strength. He got one paragraph done on it and then sat spinning his wheels. I suggested that he go to the writing lab for help in between classes, but he instead went off to find a quiet place. I'll have to find a way of getting him to get the help he desperately needs for writing.
This isn't a new problem, by any means, but I don't think that he realizes how big a problem it really can be even for someone in engineering or computers.
Rosie is already stressed out by school. To start with, she didn't get into the ceramics class that she wanted. She hates the teacher that she got and hasn't been able to transfer to the one that she likes. Turns out that almost everyone is transferring out of this teacher's class!
And now she's going to transfer down out of Honors Biology into standard college prep Bio. She thinks that she's a failure and is comparing herself against friends who are in 4 Honors classes, while she'll only be in Honors Math.
Considering that math was NOT my best subject, I'm pretty sure that my little girl will still get into top rated colleges and be able to study whatever she wants to do. Something that she's not at all certain about right now. But in her, I see myself at that age- certain that my life choices depend on the choices that I was about to make right at that time!
Another new beginning, was the wedding that we went to in California. It was totally stressful to just go for the weekend, but we didn't want to miss more of work or school. But the wedding was wonderful (if not exactly our style) and we love the groom (a cousin) and are growing to love the bride. And it was great to see so much family all in one place- including a 100 year old patriarch!
But our beginnings have been hectic. I hope that the next few weeks settle down a bit.