Brailey came to the car after school a little sadder than Britt and with a few tears - it was much harder than she had anticipated. After the horrendous year she suffered last year, I think she thought this would be a lot easier. But being new is never easy, and when you are painfully shy, as she is, it is even harder. She started Cross Country last week, which was a big help to her, because she met some people. She came to the car after her first practice and said, "They were all so nice! I can't believe how nice they all were!" That was encouraging, to say the least. She likes most of her classes, and she has a couple really fun ones - horticulture and woodshop! Sadly, she ate lunch by herself, but then at the end she forced herself to reach out to some other girls, and at the very end of the day, she met a girl that she really liked. Hopefully today will go better. This is a great time for her to learn how to overcome her shyness and to really jump out of that comfort zone. On another note, she is in an Advanced Spanish class, which hopefully will be easy for her. However, she was a bit annoyed that the other kids don't have the proper accents. Good to know I'm not the only one who struggles with this problem!
It will be interesting to see where this new journey takes us. So far, Brady and I are thrilled with what we see. They are much stricter than the 4J school district when it comes to cell phones and student attire. All of the course descriptions stressed the importance of respect. The parking is a breeze! They have a few of our conservative values, and that makes us more than happy! One day at a time, and a year from now, they will be veterans instead of the newbies. Life's about to get good!