This trip, The ADK, is a rite of passage. Upon return there are only 2-3 weeks of school left and then the ADK kids graduate up to the next classroom. As a first level Katie watched her 3rd level mentor leave for this trip and come back with a new confidence. As a second level, she watched some of her closest friends who were a level ahead in her room take the journey. Now, as a third level herself, she was anxious, eager, and (in her words) nerv-ited, or Nervousted, or Nercited--depending on how much the "nervous" was overtaking the "excited" that moment.
Last week Tuesday, we dropped her off at school at 7AM. There was much anxious milling around and buzzing before all the duffle bags and backpacks were stowed in the truck and the kids were buckled into the school vans. Then off they went!
|Katie and her best friend, K, at the top of an ADK mountain.|
I want to sing some sad mama song here about my girl growing up, but I'm honestly just so happy for her. She's gained so much confidence in herself and the world in the past few years. Today she went off to school to do a presentation to most of the school--a research project presentation that she has worked hard on for 3 months -- and her biggest concern was the logistics of changing into her period-appropriate dress.
She's all light and sparkle these days (when she's not a little sass and cunning) and I'm endlessly proud of her.