I know that it’s been a long time since I gave you all an update on Joie. She is doing so great! She is working with mentors in high school and her grades have never been better. Plus, we no longer have the hair-pulling homework moments, because she gets all of her assignments done at home.
Now, here is the best part, we have found out that she is an incredible artist. I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised. When she was younger and couldn’t talk, she used to draw pictures of what she wanted. That practice continued on through grade school.
What I find most amazing about her artwork is the intricate details she puts into her drawings. She gets every feather of a bird, every leaf on a tree, every cloud in the sky so perfectly. It showed me that she looks at the world in a whole different way. While most of us gloss over the fine details, she catches them and projects them in her work.
Another thing is she is a remarkable writer. She uses all the fifty-cent words and she actually knows what they mean. She has the ability to describe a scene so vividly that you feel as if you are actually there. The plot bunnies that this girl comes up with are amazing.
She has had two incidents with bullies. One was in gym class. A boy that had made fun of her in high school started to trash talk her. Then it came time to hit the track. Joie lapped him not one, but TWICE! She showed him who was boss.
The second time a kid tried to bully her, an upper classman came in and told him to back off. That gives me some hope that the older students have learned that bullying is a horrible thing and are trying to stop it.
I still can’t believe that she is fifteen-years old. She has grown up so fast on me. I treasure each day I have with her.