>> Friday, October 21, 2016
Yes, they're rare enough that they warrant notifying others and preserving in this manner.
During the day, plans had changed for the evening and there was suddenly going to be youth group for the girls after all. As I drove home, I resigned myself to making two trips to a nearby town in the evening instead of just being able to stay home.
But when I got home, neither girl was terribly interested in going, which I found a little surprising. I guess they were both already in "home-for-the-day" mode, also having believed there was no youth group that night, but this Bible study was apparently somewhat specifically geared towards the kids interested in a spring break missions trip, which none of us had heard anything about yet either. I think that threw them off a little and they just weren't prepared to make an on-the-spot decision.
On top of that, both girls had tests Thursday morning. AJ was quite ready for hers and just wanted a bit of a review quiz, but Mack needed a lot of time to prepare for hers. She was panicking.
And so we stayed home. But instead of the relatively vegetative evening I'd envisioned, I spent virtually the ENTIRE evening quizzing my new high schooler for her retailing test, going so far as to dream up several word problems for her to work through when she realized there was a whole segment of work that she'd forgotten about that would be included in the test. It was a concept she really didn't understand very well and we ended up spending considerable time on that. And by the time they needed to head off to bed, she was much less worried about the next day.
It was hard for me to put their needs ahead of my desire to not have to think or do anything. I'd already spent all day at work thinking and trying to wrap my brain around new concepts myself. I'd planned a very different evening, but I think this was the best way I could have spent it. And it turned out to be a very satisfying evening.
Of course, we'll have to wait for her marks before we can really know how successful it was...