JJ wrote two essays recently worth posting. One is about the day I (Jeff) served as a WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) at his school. A WatchDOG does a little security, roams the halls, gets to hang with his own kid some, and whatever else they tell you to do. I’ll get that one posted later this week.
The second essay is his reflection on life in Texas. I asked him to think about how life has changed and what he thinks of life as a Texan now. I wanted him to make a little comparison. This is what he wrote…
I I have learned a lot since I moved to Texas. For starters, I learned how to play football. I also made new friends. Also for the first time I live on a street with more kids. These are their names – Kevin, Doug, Addie, Daniel, Tanner, Jawaan, and two different Skylers one boy and one girl. We play a lot of different sports on the street. Like football and kickball and a ton of other sports. There’s also tetherball.
There’s also a creek where you can go right in front of it and build a small house. Plus, we play back there making small villages and houses out of raw materials, and we trade other kinds of materials like sticks. I always make a construction business. But I don’t make people pay in money but in materials and they have to get the materials for me to use. And then I make a house for them.
Then after a long day I come home and eat then go to bed.
JJ still misses his Elgin friends. He still has hard days, but as his essay shows he’s begun to grow into his new life. We’re grateful for the new friends he’s made in the neighborhood, at school, and at church. We originally thought the move to Texas would be harder on him, but he’s actually done much better than we’d expected. It’s helped to live on a street surrounded by fields and creeks, with a boy his age in every house around us.
It’s also been a year of other changes for him. He’s switched from glasses to contacts. This has made sports, other activities (like Six Flags), and even reading stuff on screens much easier for him. He loves our new dog Coco, and is the typical “boy and his dog”. JJ is very responsible with Coco and feeds, walks, plays with her more than anyone. (He’s also responsible for ”poop patrol” in the back yard.)
More from JJ in the next post.