Saturday’s Cats and Kids
Happy Saturday, folks! It was a productive and fast week here. The girls transitioned back to school pretty well, although Rosie was certain on Sunday she didn’t want to go back. They had a good week and brought home straight As on their report cards, something I will never take for granted and always be humbled by. They often don’t see the point of the things they’re asked to do at school, especially when it’s material they’ve already mastered, so I’m grateful they remain compliant and do the best they can. They also didn’t fight too hard on the homework, either.
With Bobby, everything academic was a struggle, and the progress was so slow and often nonexistent. Lily and Rosie have surpassed his current academic ability, and so there is a bittersweetness to all of this that I’m not sure I can put into words. It is what it is, and the most important part is that the girls understand this reality and do not think less of their brother. They do, however, think he needs to work on his spelling, which leads to long talks with them about intellectual disability, doing the best one can with what one is, and to drop it, so he forgot an “e” in the word boxes; it’s still understandable. It took me years and years to get Bobby to be willing to try to write when he wasn’t sure of a spelling and I’d hate to see that bit of progress removed because all three are equally adamant that it be done right or not at all. Ah, but that’s a bit of digression. 🙂
Bobby may not be particularly skilled in the academics area, but in self-help skills, he does well. There he outperforms his sisters, so that the three of them rely on each other for different things, each doing something well.