As mentioned in prior posts, I have a 3 year old son. Just a few short months back, he started going to school full-time. Of course at that age, the curriculum of any school probably revolves around 3 main objectives:
- Show up for school
- Have fun
- No fighting amongst your peers
..and that’s just the teacher’s job!
After a few months of him being in school, my wife and I finally received the opportunity to level-up in our journey of parenthood: we were invited for our very first Parent-Teacher Conference. Now I know what you’re thinking – “He’s just a 3 year old, how involved could it be?” But for my wife and I, this is something that we’ve never experienced. Up until today, we always sat on the other side of that table and listened as the teacher described us to our respective parents. I don’t know about my wife’s experience, but LET. ME. TELL. YOU! I wasn’t always a saint. In fact, I don’t have quite the halo hovering over my head these days. But that’s beside the point. Going to my first parent-teacher conference as a parent was quite the experience. Thinking back to how mine were… well… lets just say that the message relayed to my parents was typically the same, time after time.
“Omar is an active student. He Loves to have fun with his classmates and be part of the center of attention. But many times it can be at moments that are not appropriate.”
Basically, my grade school teachers could never get me to quiet down. Which these days I can understand their perspective. I get it, they didn’t enjoy having the control of the student taken away from them – that’s palpable. And now looking back as a parent, I would like to say, from the bottom of my heart – I’m sorry that you don’t understand what the meaning of having fun is.
A famous statement is ‘what goes around comes back around’…. or maybe that was just a famous Justin Timberlake song. But in any case, I do expect that my son will be active, much like I was, as he progresses through school. And I fully expect that I will sprout some grey hairs from the stress that I will inevitably be put through. However, when I think about it, those moments will be part of the joys and glory that will accompany the beautiful moments in watching him and our other son progress through life. The moments where there’s not enough hours in the day to enjoy the endless laughs. The moments where there’s not enough energy in the body stay up sitting around the bonfire through the night. And sure – today it was just a parent-teacher conference that lets my wife and I know that our boy is growing up. But we’re super excited to experience the future together with both our boys. This is going to be such a fun life.