My sons, Taylor (Senior) and Parker (Sophomore), are both blessed to attend school at Childress High School. Yesterday they had “Bring Your Parents to School” day, and I got to hang out in the boys’ classes with them.
I went first to Parker’s speech class with Mrs. Lathem, and I felt right at home. Wow, that was fun because I like speech. They were doing demonstration speeches. They had a demonstration speech on how to shoot a basketball, how to shave your legs (didn’t help me much), how to text your friends on your cell phone (still learning that one), and Parker did one on how to putt a golf ball. I was so caught up in the “speech” moment that had Mrs. Lathem asked, “Who’s next!” I would have said, “Me, pick me.”
Next I went to Parker’s math class with Mr. Bowman. Mr. Bowman is a great guy, a great friend and a great teacher, but going from speech class to a math class was like going from heaven to hell. I was like a fish out of water in that class. They were doing triangle math, isosceles (Isosceles, wasn’t that a Roman emperor?) and other things that had to deal with “what is X in this equation.” I was so lost. I was wishing fellow blogger Greg England, who is a math wizard, had been with me in that class. I was praying that Mr. Bowman wasn’t going to ask me a question. The only math I could have helped with is telling him that tithing is 10%, and if you’ll tell me your salary I’ll figure out what you need to be giving to God. I do know that if I ever come upon something in life that needs me to figure out what “X” is … I’m in SO much trouble. New math or old math, it’s still math and it’s just not my forte.
I then went with Parker to Mrs. Jenkins English class. Mrs. Jenkins is a super lady and a fellow blogger. I was feeling much more comfortable in this English class than I was the last class. I was really hoping that she was going to be going over something I could use like “how to proof a blog” or “how to check your own spelling,” but instead they were working on learning a program on their new laptops called Garage Band. It was a fun class. Parker and I worked on a presentation called “10 Things I Like about Christmas” that he’ll have to give in about a week.
I caught two classes with Taylor, English with Mrs. K.P. and Family Development with Mrs. Wyatt. I know what you’re thinking, “Family Development? What kind of class is that?” That’s the kind of class you take if you don’t want to take Trigonometry and the other really hard classes. I think Taylor’s a pretty smart kid. I’d take Family Development over Trig any day! Both of the classes I went to with him were fun.
As I left school yesterday, I thanked God for a few things. I thanked Him for my boys and the kind of young men they’ve chosen to be. I thanked God for Childress High School, its teachers and their ministry to young people in a difficult time in their lives. And finally I thanked Him that I am SO done with high school.