Milestones happen. Milestones are good. Milestones can also bring out rebellion in a mama's heart. This past month or so I have discovered a fine line between rejoicing in milestones & denial that milestones are a natural part of life.
(The rebellion & denial are part of the reason I haven't blogged... if you blog it, it has happened!)
February has brought 2 big milestones into our lives.
Milestone #1 - Kei had her high school entrance examination (2/5). In Japan, entrance exams are B.I.G. They are stress filled. They are practiced for & rehearsed & practiced for yet again. All this pomp & circumstance left this mama struggling to find balance and peace. Kei couldn't sleep from the stress. She was a nervous wreck worried that she wouldn't pass. (Her school has a guaranteed pass because it is a special needs school, but I couldn't tell her this.) Add to the test stress, Kei also needed to have formal attire to wear for the test (and the dress rehearsals) - a.k.a - black suit, white shirt. My tomboy, who will only wear a skirt under duress, must dress up. Thankfully, we found a 3 piece suit at a reasonable price that included a pants option (anyone need a suit skirt - I'm sure the one that came with the suit will only collect dust at our house!) She does clean up nicely and now that she has it she isn't complaining too much about needing to wear it.
Test day, I needed to be at school all day, also in formal attire. The rebellious part of we wanted to show up in my p.j's with my coffee, but I behaved!
Now that the test is behind us - yes she passed ;) - it is on to graduation practice. He suit is now staying at school because of the many graduation practices she will be having between now and March 4th - graduation day!
Milestone #2 - Bekah headed to the states (2/11), all by herself. She is staying with Hannah, so she is not totally on her own, but... it is still a huge step! Bekah will be helping Hannah with the kids, learning to drive...learning to DRIVE! She'll also get her GED, maybe take some college classes. She'll be looking for a part-time job. All those things one does when they grow into adults.
The idea is she will be in the U.S.A. until next March or April, however, only God knows if she will ever come home to live again. Much can happen in a year.
Time to take a deep breath and adjust to the new things milestones bring to life.