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Today we decided to give it a try again, especially since Zack decided that this year he wanted to try his hand at wearing Oxford shirts. I love this school as their school uniform is very fluid, allowing the kids to pick any color of polo shirt and a few oxford shirts, a few colors of shorts or pants, and that's it. I remember being in a constant dither about what to wear to school during middle school and high school. Uniforms (as long as they don't include a daily coat and tie!) are a great idea in my opinion.
Here is today's photo:
I am 5'2" and Zack is nearly as tall as I am and will turn twelve in January. I am having a really hard time wrapping my brain around this, but I'm VERY happy that he loves Upper School and enjoys moving from class room to class room and subject to subject. He's particularly interested in history and science this year and hopes to be a score keeper for one of the athletic teams, too.
While I was going through these photos, I found some I took earlier this year and I just love this one. To me this is the face of a happy child who has found his niche, and I am so proud of how far he's come. He's been very open with his classmates that he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and an anxiety disorder at the end of second grade, and even read special kid-oriented books about it to his third grade class. To me, that took a great deal of bravery, and I am so very blessed that this child loves his family so much and enjoys time with us, even though he's quite often a happy loner.
One of my favorite things that we still do is read together at night. From age two months old, his dad read Dr. Suess to him.
To this day, Zack and I read at least four or five times a week together. Right now we're in the middle of the 6th Harry Potter. I hope that he'll always want me to read to him and have discussions about what we've read. (I do all the voices still, too). I have a great friend who reads to her husband and I think that's the sweetest thing in the world. How lucky am I to have a boy that still wants to hang out with his mom and give up the video games for an hour to listen to me read? I absolutely do not take it for granted.
Thank you for reading about this new milestone in our lives. I told Zack that when he turned 12, I'd (try) to teach him lampworking, so who knows what we can expect from this special kidlet?
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.