I took my daughter to her high school orientation yesterday. For those who don’t know, I got a late start on kids (my youngest is 10 and my daughter is 14) and it felt like I was a grandparent in this room with all these other parents. It was a fairly traumatic experience for me I must admit, not the age thing but the high school thing. My daughter has been in a private Catholic school since she was 3 years old and now I am sending my beautiful teenaged daughter off into the unknown world of public school. Even writing this now has my stomach turning, I was a wreck yesterday.
My daughter seems to be handling it way better than I am. She has made several friends already and I am glad to see that the morals taught to her in Elementary and Middle School seem to be carrying over to high school. She has made her first “gay” friend and I am happy to see that she is treating him no differently than any other student that she meet that day. How that is phrased may seem wrong on my part but I am very, very liberal with those things and I am glad to see that the tolerance has carried over in her upbringing.
I think she is going to have trouble making friends and that worries me a lot. She is very headstrong and does not do well in the give and take category. Things are very black and white to her and I worry that in high school people will take that the wrong way. She always had a friend before but none of them are coming to the new school. She reminds me of her mother is so many ways - she is strong, independent and smart but she also feels she can get through things without the help and support of others. Everyone needs support now and then. I hope she finds it.