I'm not going to say that Tessa is necessarily bad with change, as long as she knows absolutely everything there is to know about that change. The jump up from elementary school to middle school was killing her since I really don't know anything about how they are running middle school anymore. We've been out of middle school for 7 years! I don't even know most of the teachers anymore!! Crazy!
SO as this summer has gone by, and because I've been a little bit nuts, I've just been brushing all of her questions off with a "Go ask so and so and see if they have the answer." Highly unsatisfactory to my inquistive child. It was killing her, which was evident in the amount of questions she was asking me; over and over and over. Seriously.
Finally, it got to be registration day. Registration day here isn't really about getting registered in school. Tessa was already registered. Registration day is really about getting lunch accounts set up, PE uniforms bought, band information, pictures taken, ASB cards bought, you get the idea. It was important enough that we had much consideration about outfit choice and hair style. Much. Consideration.
Unfortunately, what doesn't happen at registration day is finding out your schedule, and whether or not you have friends in your classes. That happened a couple of weeks later. Tessa found out her Pod placement, and who else was in her Pod and also her schedule. Tessa had several friends in her Pod, and several who were not. She had some enemies in her Pod also, and that was a little uncomfortable for her. Let's face it, have enemies is uncomfortable. Tess, in general, does not like to "not like" someone. She wants to be friends with everyone. But sometimes, as it is in the world, it just doesn't work that way.
When we dissected her schedule, class by class, semester by semester, there was a class called exploratory. No other explanation, just the name exploratory. She kept asking anyone that would give her the time of day, "What is the exploratory class?" But I'm telling you, it was like a state secret! No one was telling her what that class was all about. IT was causing much issues! As it turned out, exploratory class is study hall. They have given these kids a whole class period to do their homework that you haven't gotten done. I feel a little frustrated with this development. I mean, at what point do we start having kids learn the discipline to do their homework at home? But by the same token, this is going to work great for us because Tessa has some nights where she isn't home from dance until 8:00 at night. She'll be able to use that "exploratory class" to get homework done.
She also had much anxiety over PE class. It was just a little overwhelming to think that she would have to open her locker, change her clothes, get to class, go back to the locker room, reopen that lock, change her clothes again, and fix her hair (a very important factor). And the thought of changing clothes in front of everyone, UGH. And also, the thought of a shower! It was sending her over the edge!! But as it happens, she can open that locker better than the locker in the hallway, they don't require showers, and if you do want to shower, they have private showers, and you can also change in the showers so you don't have to change in front of everyone. It just ended up being okay. I was much relieved.
In all it's turning out to be a great start to the year. In fact, the first day Tess came home and she said, "Mom. L---'s locker is right next to mine! You know she hates me! What am I going to do?!?" And as it happens, this girl and Tess have several classes together, and they ended up sitting next to each other, and she came home the other day saying, "She's not so bad. I actually get along with her." A huge success. I'm proud of her for giving L another chance. She was a little mean to her before.
I'm having some guilt over Tessa's school stuff. I was heavy into planning AJ's wedding on the last day of school, and heavy into planning Megan's wedding for the first day of school. In fact, Tessa had to miss school to go to Megan's wedding. There was very little fan fair for either of those days. Poor thing. I'll have to make it up to her with a great year of lots of pictures for all of her activities. Right? That will make up for all the neglect, right? Poor child, raising herself.
The other big change we had is no longer walking to school with the Welty clan! It was a sad day for us. I'm driving Tessa to school in order to save that 20 minutes of walking time to practice piano in the morning. So here is the first day of school picture, all by herself this year. I must say she looks pretty good for putting that outfit together by herself!
And just because I can~
Is this baby not the cutest thing you've seen? I'm totally smitten with her. #Scoutmae