I'm not sure where to begin this entry. I had written one earlier in the week that, through circumstances that still puzzle me, disappeared into the ether.
It's just as well; it was very angsty.
And I am not feeling angst, at least not as much as I did about a month ago. Actually, things are pretty good. Thanks to Facebook, I met a friend for drinks this week, another and her kids for a swim date, and a third I will meet down the shore with kids in tow tomorrow. All are my 'high school girls,' and I thank God every day I reconnected with these ladies. They never fail to bring a smile to my face.
My kids, naturally, factor into the good cheer. All the work we are doing with Nic is paying off. He's still high-strung and dramatic, but he is also a bit more settled as we move into August. I had been beating myself up about not facilitating interactions with both enough; I get to stop that, because they interacted just fine with my friend's girls at the pool yesterday. Nic sustained conversations on his own with everyone all afternoon. So did G.
Clearly, he knows how, and he can do it when he wants to. This is good to know.
At tennis, for the first time in the four years we've been doing the program, I left G alone to follow directions. And he actually did better without me hovering.
And I found a competitive bowling league for them to both compete in this fall. They will be separated by age--a good thing.
It just seems like all the hard work of integrating and working with them is finally starting to pay off. It's almost like it's happening all at once, even though I know we've been working toward this point for years.
Oh, we're not done. Not even close. We have plenty of hard work ahead of us still. But, how gratifying it is to stand back and watch them do things on their own.
I step back with relief and gratitude. And certainly, they will stumble and fall.
But they have shown me that they both know how to brush themselves off and keep going.
And they wouldn't have had that opportunity if I hadn't stepped back in the first place.
(What can I say? It's been a process for me, too. I've had to take the leap of faith necessary to believe in all of us--and I did.)