thanks to the milestones created for us, we travel pretty easily down memory lane (these photos were cut apart, taped together and folded accordian style as our gift/card to her).
amazing, amazing. naomi had her official eighth grade recognition this morning.
unfortunately it was in the morning and jerry had finals so he wasn’t able to come.
i sat with nana and papa and was reminded how grateful i am for them.
watching naomi with her friends in balance with who she is and the ideas she holds brought me calm joy.
there is a lot to be grateful for.
i also left with the tension of knowing there were kids who had no one there for them, kids who never stood once when the principal was calling out activities or achievements, kids who are perhaps running out of steam to keep doing this school thing.
but in the words of the school counselor, you only need to be good at one thing. find your passion. everyone has one. figure that out and life will fall into place.
just for fun, here is 5th grade recognition and 8th grade recognition. three years changes a lot!
so yes, 8th grade. check!