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One more positive...

Was reading the site of the school I mentioned in the previous post and it says...

The school motto "creativity and endeavour" is reflected in all aspects of the curriculum. In particular, the Visual and Performing Arts program, with its visual art, drama and dance components, encourages all children to develop confidence and self esteem. The strong emphasis on this area is a result of: the significant link to the historical heritage of the school location, the influence of the artists Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin whose names were selected to create the school name, the annual celebration of the 'Artists' Camp Fair', the commitment to the 'Artist in Residence Program', the provision of individual and group performances in the form of musicals, drama/dance festivals, concerts and soirees, availability of private instrumental tuition, the strong partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria and -------- art groups and the diverse range of art work which is proudly displayed throughout the school.
The significance of this paragraph is that Erik has long shown an interest in the arts, most recently the performing arts (looooooong family history here, of course, hehehehe)... So maybe the Universe is conspiring to put him in the place he needs to be to get the skills he needs to persue the dreams he is yet to dream???

Yes, I'm searching high and low for all the positives in this situation, hehehehe...

Comments

Bin Mitch's Mum said…
Hi Sif :) I can't say any of the intelligent and thoughtful stuff that others have but I'm glad to see that you are looking at the positives. And I don't know if this is helpful to you at all, and I'm sorry if it isn't, but I never really fit in at school but I still completely and utterly loved it. I used to count down the days in the holidays until I could go back... Just to say that it can be a good experience, and like Leah said, Erik knowing that he doesn't *have* to be there, is actually going to have a very unique and lucky way of being able to approach it all...
Cabrissi said…
Oh wow Sif, just caught all of this... what to say?! It's humbling how much of indivuals our kids can be, even when we think we know them best they may feel a pull in themselves for something else. (Which is incidentally how I became homeschooled...) But what a big thing for you to wrap yourself around, a big change... also a beautiful showing of your accepting and listening to him and supporting him in searching out his options and desires, even though they're not what you'd expected. As everyone else said - you in NO way failed him, failing him would have been ignoring his needs/wants/thoughts or even actively supressing them. Huge heaps of support though, I know this wasn't/isn't/can't be easy for you and hope I can do as well by L when he aserts himself!

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