Last Friday my youngest son and his wife delivered their third daughter. She is perfect in every way, and they are delighted. When we visited them on Sunday, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my son’s days as a baby, a little boy, and a teenager. He was a preemie, who spent his first week of life in an isolette. Who knew you could weigh eight pounds and be a premature baby? As a little boy Brendon was great fun. He was definitely “all boy”, with a soft heart and a willingness to try anything his older brothers suggested. He never considered that jumping from the top of the shed might be dangerous, because he trusted that they would be right behind him. He loved his red boots and his red corduroy jacket - both of which he wore all summer long. He slept in the bathtub and on the floor next to my bed for a long time. I didn’t find out till later that his brother had told him that a mysterious creature had been skulking around, looking for him on the top bunk. He was the worst eater in the history of poor eaters. His diet was limited to cereal, bread and McDonald’s hamburgers. I actually tried to make my hamburgers taste like McDonald’s, but they were always just a little too thick, a little too juicy, a little too meaty for him. There were many nights when he sat under the kitchen table while we ate - was he trying to avoid even looking at the food, or had his brothers teased him so much about not eating that he wanted to hide? Never did figure that out. I just hoped that no one would stop by and see him under there with the dog! Believe it or not, while at West Point, and later when he served in the Army he learned to eat dirt when he had to. He’s a health nut now - eats all kinds of things that I don’t recognize, and he’s a big strong man whose daughters and wife keep him gentle.
As a teenager this quirky little boy turned into a handsome young man who was responsible and kind - a good student, a hard working athlete, and a fine person. The only time we ever disagreed was when girls would call him on the phone(We had a “house” phone.), or when he had to take a date to an event at school. He would repeatedly tell me how “annoying” girls were. They brought nothing interesting to the conversation, and they were “picky” (this from the guy who would only eat cereal and bread). Girls annoyed him until he fell in love in college, and called me up to tell me that this girl he had met was “not at all annoying!” He married her, and God gifted him with three beautiful daughters who, of course, are not the least bit annoying. I wish I had known then what I know now. All that time I spent trying to convince him to like green beans and high school girls could have been spent just appreciating what a great kid he was!
"Learning isn’t a competition to define winners and losers. It’s about constant reflection and recalibration to find the best path to growth. We need to see periods of stagnation and even regression as natural phases in a long-term growth process, not as evidence of inability.”
Dates to Remember:
15 HSA Board Meeting, 7pm
17 Mass at Noon
18 Shepherd Foundation Mass at Holy Redeemer, Kensington, 5:30, all recipients should plan to
20 Eighth grade delivers items to Little Sisters of the Poor
Please bring your turkeys and hams by 9:00am!
22 Grandparents’ Day, 9 am to classrooms, football at 10, assembly at 11:30.
12:10 pm, Dismissal for Students, NO ASC
23-24 Thanksgiving Break
28 Open House, 9 - 11:30 am
1 First Friday Mass, 9:00 am
2 Breakfast with Santa, 8 am - 11:00 am
Winter Wonderland Concert, 2:45 pm
5 Band and Choir Concert, 7:00 pm
6 Progress Reports On the Portal
7 Seventh and Eighth Grade to “A Christmas Carol”
8 Mass at 9:00 am, Feast of the Immaculate Conception
15 Mass at Noon
20 Christmas Pageant, 6:30pm in the Church
21 School Opens at 9:00am, Dismissal at 12:10pm NO ASC, Christmas vacation begins.
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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