The past few days have been cray cray, as my son would say, just wicked busy. I got about half the items done on my To Do list from this past week, but I feel fortunate to have even gotten that far.
Michael is enrolled in the Gateway to College program at Georgia Perimeter College and yesterday morning was orientation for students AND parents.Gateway is a dual enrollment program aimed at getting at-risk or dropout kids to finish high school credits and get college credits at the same time, with the goal of getting them to finish a 2 year or 4 year college program eventually. Michael has 2 years of high school under his belt. He was getting really bored and frustrated with school at Lakeside, and I knew I had to do something. Michael hates long school days inside. I felt like he was ready for this program.
One of the great things about it is that there are tutors available to help the kids every day, one on one, and lots of support. They want the kids to succeed. That was evident yesterday.
I looked around at the kids yesterday and I was, honestly, relieved. We had gone to an assessment program a few months ago and the kids there seemed surly and uncooperative. The kids yesterday seemed just like any other teenagers - rambunctious, funny, loud. Michael was one of the smallest and palest kids there, but that's OK. He's accustomed to diversity, and he has a lot of self-confidence. I am sure he will make friends. As we were leaving campus he looked at a group of girls in the parking lot and when one of the girls turned and looked at him [we were in the car] his eyes got really big. "Hey... HEY! Mom! She's cute!"
I laughed. "There are lots of cute girls on this college campus, Michael." I think he is going to be pleased with how much easier it is to make friends and talk to people on a college campus. That was one of the things I loved about college, the social aspect.
I was impressed by the presentation from faculty and staff yesterday. They covered all the basics. I imagine there are parents there who didn't attend college and so a lot of remarks were aimed at them. "Do NOT call your child's professor. They do not want to talk to you!" was my favorite admonishment. Some of the parents looked annoyed. I told Michael later, "This is COLLEGE. I will not hold your hand. It's your responsibility to keep up, do your work, and make the grades. I will help you if you ask for it, but I won't intervene with a professor."
I think he gets that. He has actually said he is ready to go back to school, which is sort of a breakthrough.
I had calls yesterday with two employers that are giving me some part-time writing work, which is a blessing. Looks like both assignments will be lucrative and interesting, and I will get started next week.
We live in a nice middle class neighborhood in suburban Atlanta, and we get Jehovah's Witnesses coming to the door all.the.time. This morning, Lola proceeded to bark like a maniac. I put her leash on her and answered the door. I always just smile and say "We're Episcopalians" and they go away. Lola was acting like she wanted to maul the poor guys, though, and they stood a good 6 feet from the door. The younger man said "Can I give you a tract?" and I just smiled and said "No thanks" but Lola acted like she was going to attack.
I have never seen those folks move away from a door that fast.