Each year as we prepare to say our goodbye to Summer , I go through pictures that we have taken and select one for the front of the yearbook that we will use to compile work completed by each child. I see the photo as a reflection of the child's heart and spirit in the moment, not just a snapshot of their face.
We are preparing our 4th yearbook for my son, and yesterday he returned with a camera full of photos from his trip to Gettysburg and Washington. His photo shows change and continued growth of a passion that he holds near and dear to his heart. This is the photo that will be slid into the front of his yearbook to record his year of change, of growth and achievements in learning and life. I like looking back at the photos we have used for other yearbooks and seeing the change. This was a photo from one of his earlier yearbooks.
This will be the first year that we are required by our state laws to document our daughter's school work, and so I prepare her first yearbook. In selecting a picture, I stop and think about who this child is and where she is headed over the next year. If I had to choose one word to describe her being at this moment, it's "movement," not just a physical one, but also of a movement forward in speech, reading, writing and confidence that she will reach her goals.
It was earlier this year that I made the connection between her love of dance and movement and where it came from, when she told me that when she danced she didn't have to talk. This was a chance for me as a mother to help my child who has a severe speech disorder find a form of expression that was pleasure and not pain for her spirit. She will pursue her passion of dance this year with a special position in a ballet performance of "The Nutcracker" as a Mouse. We head to Michigan next week and will return ready to move into a daily routine of playing, learning, reading, counting, exploring books and writing about things near and dear to our hearts while trying to keep our lives simple.