Benjamin amó su
escuela. él amó sus profesores, amigos, desafios de la matemá ticas,
laboratorio de la ciencia, y grupos de la lectura. él amó fátbol en el
consejo del PE y del estudiante con los má s viejos cabritos.
Asi pues, lo rasgamos de todo que él amó ponerlo a otra parte para el
Luchamos para evitar esta decisión por años, especialmente porque
Benjamin prosperaba en su escuela privada pequeña, con la comunidad de
consolidación y la administración atenta. En el resorte, aunque, un
aumento de la cuota acentuó que funcioná bamos lejos en el rojo.
Nos preocupamos que si permaneciamos en la trayectoria de la escuela
privada, intentando hacer cosas iguales para nuestros segundos y terceros
niños, nosotros hicimos frente a una comisión financiera debilitante antes
de que incluso consiguiéramos a la escuela media.
Entonces pensamos de cómo, en los áltimos años, adquirimos los
proyectos adicionales que nos hicieron má s efectivo pero exprimimos
nuestro tiempo de la familia. . Anchoring ourselves to steep school
expenses, despite the nobility of sacrificing for our children's
education, could make us miserable.
. As all of this weighed on us, we received news that Benjamin had been
accepted to a public magnet school that we applied to as a backup. . The
school was known for being smaller than most and was rated one of the best
in the city.
. Still, conflicting feelings plagued us for weeks. . Public education
offered Benjamin exposure to an even greater diversity of learning
opportunities and people. . But we teetered when we met with the head of
the private school, who showed tremendous warmth as she gave us every
possible reason to stay.
. Wendy and I bent the ears of friends and spent late nights making
checklists. . We didn't want to screw up our seemingly well-adjusted child
because of this one decision.
. The deal breaker came from Benjamin himself. . A while back, I asked
him what he thought of possibly changing his academic scenery, and he
burst into tears, wondering, "Will I ever see my friends again?"
. This time, with the decision actually on the line, we took him to see
the new school. . We drove to the campus, nestled in a canyon, surrounded
by nice houses and old trees. . He saw it was small, like his current
school, and that it had a playground.
. "There's no grass on the yard," he grumbled.
. "Mommy and Daddy grew up without grass on the yard," I offered.
. We walked around to a part of the school still under construction as
he said, "I'm not going to know anybody."
. "Neither will 35 other new kids you'll be starting school with,"
Wendy responded. . "Only 25 of the students have been here before. . And
we'll make an effort to meet a couple of the kids over the summer."
. Benjamin remained stoic as he stared at the freshly painted addition
to the older but well-kept buildings. . I noticed that there was a small
opening in the gate and asked, "You want a tour?"
. Benjamin brightened a little and we walked inside. . Wendy was
worried we'd get busted for trespassing, though I wanted Benjamin to get
more of a feel for the grounds.
. We strolled around in the quiet atmosphere, looking at buildings,
climbing stairs, and peeking into rooms. . I wanted to go back after a
couple of minutes, yet Benjamin urged me on, eager to explore every nook
. "This is cool," he said, "We're not supposed to be here, but we are."
. We came upon the lunch tables and Benjamin told me to sit down,
facing out toward the playground.
. "Let's talk," he said, as if playing the part of the father himself.
. "So, I think I could like it here," he stated.
. I got a little excited before he interrupted, "But I do love my old
school. . I like my teachers and my friends."
. "You'll keep your old friends and make new ones," I said.
. He nodded as I continued. . "And if we all decide this is the wrong
school for you, we will go back."
. He smiled gently and said with utter peace. . "What do you think,
Daddy? . You decide."
. I welled up a little, touched by the faith he was placing in me. . "I
think you can handle a new challenge."
. "I do too," he said.
. On his last day at the school Benjamin had attended for three years,
on a campus he had spent two previous preschool years, the goodbyes were
hard for him. . His friends tried to convince him to stay and even cried a
little. . Benjamin cried, too, telling us he "might want to change his
. Since that day, Benjamin has had a lot of questions, but his interest
in the new journey grows. . Wendy and I will have to make many more
choices to help Benjamin navigate the world, but it helps to have his
trust in us - and in himself.
. 2006 Gregory Keer. Todos los derechos reservados.