And it is done. My youngest wrote her last exam for Gr. 12 this morning. There is one more graduation party … but I think it is official enough in terms of my role: I am no longer a parent within the K-12 education system. Seventeen years… with the most recent 10 years being involved in school councils and Parent Involvement Committees. I am sure I will have a lot to process and reflect on ahead still, but since most of my blogging and sharing has been through the lens of a parent advocate in education and I not sure what it means ahead for this blog — not that anyone is on the edge of their seat waiting for me to post :) I don’t know what I would advise a new parent to the system at this point — I think each parent decides and finds their own path in this. It is too bad that parent involvement in education can be subject to much judgement.
I am grateful for a number of people who were supportive and appreciative of my path and navigation of the education system through these years. As confusing and conflicting it could seem some days, I have made some great friendships that I know will continue. I am also grateful for many individuals who encouraged, supported, and engaged with my blogging efforts. It has been a great “go to place” to bring and exchange thoughts, responses and experiences. I still have posted at the top that my blog is “A space for thinking, reflecting and sharing about education”. I know I have already departed from that in some posts. Maybe I will just add “life”. Regardless of whether I blog and share much ahead, I still look forward to being inspired by others.
Happy summer…. keep on…. thanks for reading!