Today’s post was authored by a parent who wishes to remain anonymous, for the second time. You can see that I have concealed his/her name in order to protect them from any child-based retribution. This post is the original work of Anonymous.
This post is for all the other parents. Students, you can stop reading now: Nothing else to see here.
It’s application time for MVGS so I thought I’d add another (anonymous) post for the parents looking to a help their student make a decision about whether or not to submit an application. (HINT: Yes, yes, yes!)
It’s only February and already I’ve become nostalgic for the “olde tymes.” Even though she’s a junior, with about a year and a half left before she moves off to college, I look at my daughter and miss her already. She’s become a wonderful individual full of dreams and hope for the future, but she’s still daddy’s girl. She was the day I held her hand in the hospital as she took her very first breath, and she will be ‘til the day she holds my hand in the hospital for my very last breath. See, I’ve become morbid, and we still have over a year to go before she goes off to college. I think I’m going to need a few of those gigantic packages of tissues from Costco that day…you know, the ones with about a dozen boxes.
So far, it’s been a great first year at MVGS. I survived that trip with zip lines and other activities that makes a parent lose sleep. For days before she went I had visions of someone having to use one of those bucket things to rescue her after she hung upside down for 10 hours, while students below tossed gummy worms up to her to help her maintain her strength, and Mr. Burton calmly stood below using this as a teachable moment to explain the acceleration of gravity. (Yep, I can’t wait for the roller coaster physics lesson at Kings Dominion.)
Then there was something with balloons and launching. Nothing to worry about there…it’s natural to be soaking wet, outdoors, in cold weather. Right?! But, did they ever have fun!
Yes, the course work is rigorous, but there are fun activities and field trips that at first seem like they are anything other than an educational experience. But, I’ve come to realize that the field trips are like the scene in the Karate Kid movie (the original one, with Ralph Macchio) (OK, so I might be dating myself a bit here) where the young student is frustrated over having to paint a fence, sand a deck and wax a car. He lashes out at the elderly dude (I learned that word from my daughter) complaining that he’s not learning karate, he’s just doing household chores. To which the dude shouts in rapid-fire succession to show him “paint the fence, sand the floor, wax the car…” To his astonishment, the student fends off all the kicks and swipes the dude (teacher) can throw. The student had no idea how much he had learned or accomplished. Likewise for the trips and activities: the MVGS students realize later through applying the knowledge how much the dudes (MVGS instructors) have taught them through practical, yet fun, experiences.
So why am I so nostalgic? Because while nerve racking, it was fun going through the application process and the wait for that envelope. Even if your student is not successful on this try, it is a great time of closeness to share; one that might not happen again for a while. Relish the time together.
So, if you’re looking for a parent’s recommendation – do it! Submit the application.
Now, as always, this posting is strictly anonymous. If my daughter discovers I wrote it, I’ll be the most un-coolest dad ever; a total embarrassment to the family name – which according to her, I have been for a long time. But I think I might be getting better. It’s sorta like Mark Twain’s comment: “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
For now, I think I’m OK being “ignorant” as long as she can stay daddy’s girl. I’ll wait out the next years and enjoy my “learning” process.
And to the all the past and present students of MVGS – show me wax on, wax off; paint the fence; wax the floor…..