Maya sent me this picture today. She randomly spotted Jonah in this room at some point during the school day over at Nobles. The thought of this whole little scene almost brought tears to my eyes.
This is why I am so unbelievably grateful to have Jonah at that school.
Jonah was just one of those kids that was in the wrong school system before this year. He had some friends (and, still remains close with some of them), he sort of got involved in some activities, and he just went through his day without finding anything that he was really interested in.
Over the course of the last year or so when we were trying to figure out if Nobles was the right place for him or not, this image is what I pictured him doing when he got there.
Listen, I’m not sitting here thinking he’s going to be the next Eddie Vedder or anything just because he’s got an electric guitar in his arms. But, I am thinking that he’s found a place where he can tap into this creative, artistic, fantastically outrageous brain that lives in his head.
This kid loves all of the stuff that we typically avoid: computers, movies, dub-step music, making music videos, editing film and photos…and, just technology in general.
While I think our town school system is good for a lot of kids in different ways, I don’t think it’s good for him.
There’s just a certain level of comfort that a parent finds when they feel like their kid is finally in the right place, especially when you feel like they’ve been in the wrong place for so long.
It’s a little bittersweet for me, though. When he was here in Natick, he was under my wing for the better portion of every day. And, while I’m so glad that he’s at Nobles with his Dad and his sister all day, I do get worried that I’ll be left out a little. I felt like that for years with Maya, and I am scared that I’ll go through that whole long stretch all over again with this little guy who’s been my buddy up until this point in his life.
All I can say is thank God for FaceTime.