Tuesday, September 6, 2011

so long summer


so long froggel
It's that bittersweet time of the year. I'm sad that the summer is over.
I love the summer, the pool, the farmers market, the sun. I love the ocean, the sand and drinking margaritas. I haven't been to the beach or had a mixed drink in a long time (a girl can dream), but I like the way that sounds - and it's the association that I love. I'm not a fan of the cold. At all. Although I do appreciate that apples need 100 days of frost to bear fruit.

So the bittersweet... I'm hopeful about the new year, new opportunities, a fresh clean slate.

This summer we made a tough decision about taking our boys out the school they've been attending since kindergarten. Pinny and I have come to a place where we want something more for our children. We want them in a kind and gentle environment. We want them in an environment that promotes respect - respect of others and respect of self.

While we realized, years ago, that their old yeshiva wasn't the ideal place, we were kind of complacent about the whole thing. After all, there are another 1500 kids "in the system" that are going through the same thing and surviving.

so long sweet summer plums
Surviving. Not good enough. No more complacency at the Lews. The comfort of complacency is actually a form of denial. There is no authenticity in complacency - more of a numbing of the feelings. We have come out of our anesthesia. We are in the process of recovery. We will not settle. We are real people, with real kids, that have real feelings and deserve to be recognized as the incredible individuals they are.

So for now, while we sadly say goodbye to our ducks, summer sisters, swimming pool, bonfires and all the other wonderful things that make up our summer experience, we are hopeful about the new year, a new school, new opportunities and new affirmations.


To recovering from complacency,

Chana


PS My boys came home from their first day of school and said "Our first day of school and nobody screamed at us, could you believe it"?  Thank you G-d for making this happen for us.

2 comments:

  1. Well said. I'm sure the decision wasn't hard for you when everything is running and kids are 'complacent'. You inspire to push for more.

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  2. if only more people did that, maybe the schools would change.

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