Today was such a huge day for our family. So much stuff in all areas of work, volunteering, education, family, my spiritual life…just everything.
The day started off with a sweet conversation between Claire and I when I went to wake her up this morning:
Claire opened her eyes and looked at me.
“Mommy, what day is it?”
“Yay! Only one more day until Daddy’s back!!”
I love how my girl just loves her daddy so much.
And the most extraordinary thing that has happened in a long time:
All the way home from work I was grumbling in my head about how badly everyone is driving today (a few weeks ago Jon said I’m an aggressive driver; I was thinking today I am the ONLY aggressive driver).
Anyway, I had left work 5 minutes early so I had time to stop at the bank to get money to give the kids for a pizza lunch coming up, and then time to stop at Mac’s to buy water (don’t judge me; I have issues) and a Froster to break the money I got out into fives.
So, I paid for my stuff and as I’m going to grab my water, I see this lady and her little daughter trying to gather up all the groceries they had left at the door when they came in.
Without hesitation, I asked. “Can I give you a ride somewhere?” Kind of surprised myself there. Probably the words didn’t actually come from me.
She accepted, in amazement, and asked if I am from here. LOL
On the ride home we got to know each other. I found out that she lives in the same townhouse complex as me, and has a son at my kids’ school.
Pure sweetness, perfect timing, new neighbour-ish friend, and I won’t forget her name because it is what I was called by most people for most of my life.
Then at lunch, Daniel found a letter in the mailbox – his acceptance letter to junior high school. Since it is out of our area and a special program (late French immersion), we needed to do a little extra work in the paperwork to make it happen. It happened, he is in, and he is PUMPED. I’m so so proud of him.
After school, we had a meeting with some people from a local Rotary Club. The Rotary Club awards scholarships to some grade six children in the city every year, and I believe that because our school is in a low-income area, we are one of the schools whose kids get to opportunity to apply every year. The application was about 11 pages long, required a picture and an essay, and two reference letters, and had portions for teachers, the principal and the parents to fill out. In depth for sure!
Well, there are two scholarships awarded – one to a girl and one to a boy. Daniel made the cut to the five finalists, and today’s interview was to get to know him a little better so the “judges” could make a well-informed choice on the winner.
Daniel did AMAZING at this interview. He was not nervous. He was confident and his answers were SO MATURE. Seriously, I’m sure I sat through the entire thing just beaming with pride. I really wish that Jon could have been there to hear the stuff that came out of his son’s mouth. Amazing.
We will find out tomorrow if Daniel will be the boy who will receive this generous gift. He has already said that if he doesn’t win, it’s okay. He told Jon that all the boys that are up for it are really great kids. That makes me even more proud of him. SO PROUD!!
After we came home from the interview, we went out to pick up the pottery we painted last week, then picked up dinner on the way home. It has been a great evening. I love feel good days like this.