Thursday, 22 January 2009

Who Would Have Guessed


David started college this semester and although thousands of kids do this every year, I am taken aback by it.
We adopted David when he was about ten. Before that he floated through our town's very small and gossipy foster care community, making as many as 9 or so moves. David was a little "rambunctious" when he was young. Actually he was known as the kid most likely to burn your house down. He was also adorable. He was the poster child for ADHD and schooling him required no chairs but lots of things to touch. We had to use Ritalin sparingly because he was skinny as a stick and still is. David moves with lightning speed in everything he does, often leaving a trail of undone, broken and lost things behind him. He fishes his clothes for the day from a pile of rubble on his floor. He has lost checks from work and tax papers and too many hoodies to count. His disorganization didn't serve him well in school and his grades were poor to fair. ( He did excell in Track, as the only requirement was to move fast.) Nothing or no one (except for one un-named sister) ever bothers David.
And yesterday he stood before me, nervous, ready to start college. I was really proud of him. He had his books in his arm and pencils stuck in the books. When I inquired as to why he wasn't using his bookbag, he reminded me that he had gone fishing this past summer and used his bookbag to carry his fish home in.
David in college will be interesting!

7 comments:

Karasmith said...

Go David, Go David, Go! We're proud of you!

jen said...

Awesome!!

Emily said...

I love that nobody on this whole earth can tell a person what they're LIMITED to. There is no limit to a person's ability to get ahead. Even if getting ahead is skipping ahead, or racing ahead or lolly gaggling ahead. Anyone can do it.

Way to go.

I remember you had posted a picture of him kicking tush in track a while ago. Maybe he can run track in college too!

Lane said...

sooooooo proud!!!!

justjuls said...

I love David - he's one of that all-time favorites! He always made VBS and youth group so much fun. I loved his energy. I can't believe he's a college boy *sniff*. ((Hugs))

KarenW said...

What an exciting time! Best wishes to David.

Fifi said...

Well done to David an you Cath!! Endurance has paid off!