My children never cease to amaze me and make me proud.
A year ago, K had just started beauty school. Within a month of graduating, she landed a position in an upscale styling salon (while still continuing to work as a server in an ale house near home).
She took her cosmetology practical state board exam on Monday and on Wednesday she got the email that she passed. On Saturday (on a whim) she decided to update her resume and called a bigger and better salon closer to home. They told her to come in for an interview and had her demonstrate a hair blowout. The ad required 3 years experience, but they were so impressed by her skills, they hired her on the spot! She was not expecting to get hired so quickly. She's not even starting as an assistant - she's going in as a full hairdresser/hairstylist. Cuts, color, highlights, treatments, everything.
J is getting all As and Bs in school.She is pushing herself beyond any limit she's ever had to go through. She's memorizing scenes, learning to lose her Queens accent, singing more than ever, and dancing more than 20 hours a week. She auditioned for and made it into the school-wide tap showcase. Only 10 kids were chosen and she was picked to be in a trio. I can't wait to see this performance. She has adjusted so well to living on her own. They don't do meal plans there, so she grocery shops and cooks her own food, does her own laundry, and is never late for, nor missed a class. She keeps her dorm room super clean and it seems to be the room all her friends hang out in.
She is also still assisting a major choreographer on the weekends. She travels with him all around the tri-state area to different studios teaching master classes, competition solos and group numbers, and special recreational classes. She is an incredible teacher.
I am constantly in awe of their confidence, maturity, independence, and fierce determination. This has made them both stand out in almost every situation. I truly believe homeschooling had a huge hand in this.
W seems to be on that same path. He knows what he wants, he is focused and determined, and already independent and confident. He has overcome almost all of his visual processing issues and dyslexia. Looking at the diagnostic report from just 3 years ago, you wouldn't know it was the same kid. I see a great future for him as well.