When my son was 3, he had a pair of loafers he did not like. “Can’t like it,” he declared determinedly.
He’s such an easy going guy, as a rule, it always feels a bit abrupt when he puts his foot down. But when he can’t like something, he can’t like it, and you aren’t going to change it.
Little did he know something was coming that he would “can’t like” 1000x more than those loafers. He had no clue, when we introduced ABC’s and 1,2,3’s (in those cute little picture books) how he would spend the next 16 of his now 22 years enduring environments so completely foreign to his God-given design (Man vs.Wild) such as sitting quietly in desks, studying books.
In addition, God had us on a strict “need to know” basis back then (which hasn’t changed, by the way) and apparently we did not need to know just how long or hard this educational journey would be. I can say (now) that was perfect wisdom. God knows there are things in our future we just don’t need to know, and if ever there was one, this was it. In fact, if our son’s bright little 5 yr old mind had peeked into his future and seen the relentless tiring restrictive academic career, he would’ve hit the road, taking himself as far away as his little 5 yr old legs could carry him. And perhaps I would not have been far behind . Just sayin.
But it’s OVER!!! (I can hardly type the words for relief and delight!)
There was no end in sight, for so very long … SO very long … and now, wonder of all wonders, we are at The END, this very week, in 2012 A. D. (The Year of our Lord, Who does all things well, including helping him survive this). Our highly active ADD son has finished the race of school forever! (or as far as we can tell).
Unlike his mama, he has no sentimental feelings about leaving school. (He has feelings about school, alright, but none that fit in the “sentimental” category.) And he doesn’t need closure, like me. (The only closure he needs is for them to close the books on him and cut him free!)
In contrast, I want NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN to announce it.
If you can relate to any part of this storyline, you know (without me telling you) he will NOT be walking any stage to get his degree – just mail it please, because the graduation ceremony would require more sitting (for a long time) more listening (to a long speech) while wearing more clothes (hot cap and gown). He did it once for high school, 4 years ago, and we were lucky to get pictures to prove it.
I will tell you this — God’s favor is on him, regardless of how misfit he was for desks and books. God will use what he had to learn to survive school. And I am convinced those lessons (that weren’t on any lesson plans) will aid him somehow, now that he’s free to follow his heart, his giftings.
May God confirm the work of his hands.
Well done, my ADD son!
Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, and the years we have seen evil. Let Your work appear to Your servants and Your majesty to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
Celebrating The End!