“A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015.”
Lillia: This week you’re back in the dance studio again. You’re taking hip hop and ballet this year, though you’ve expressed some interest in doing some theatre classes at the studio, too. You were a little dismayed because some girls from your class signed up for hip hop for the first time this year, but they ended up in what appeared to be a higher level than you. It turns out that they were placed in the older kids’ class because they were starting out in sixth grade, whereas you are still with slightly younger kids because you’ve been taking lessons for years. In fact, your class is actually more challenging! It’s interesting to watch how you react so strongly to things that never used to bother you. One of life’s hardest lessons is learning not to compare yourself to others. I’m still working on learning that myself.
Zane: This week you haven’t been quite yourself. Of course, as soon as school started you came down with a virus. It wasn’t terrible but it, in combination with your busy new schedule, has left you pretty worn out. Thankfully, my schedule does allow me to have the flexibility to be home with you as needed, and I feel grateful for that. Even though you were under the weather you still had lots of fun at school. Your favorite thing all week was learning how to write your name! Your “E” had a lot more legs than one usually sees, but you seem to have a general idea of how to form the letters that spell ZANE. You’re learning and growing so fast!