Today was Loopy's first day of high school. She's had her bookbag packed for weeks, her pencils sharpened, her paper carefully counted into equal parts between the dividers in her binder. I admit, sometimes there are perks to having a child with Asperger's Syndrome. On the downside, the idea of a radical change in surroundings, school mates and schedule was overwhelming for her. I'd be lying if I said our weekend wasn't full of trepidation, nerves and much parental cajoling.
I've doled out all of the possible advice I could think of over the past year to help her get mentally prepared for this new environment known as high school.
This morning, Buddy rolled out of bed - an early morning for a university student - and took her to school with me. He really wanted to see her walk through the doors of his old school for the first time, and she was reassured that he came along for the ride. Before she parted, he summarized an entire summer's worth of advice by saying something along the lines of, "remember, don't buy into the crap."
And that was it. She was off. Not buying into any of the crap.
Reader, this is your chance. What advice do you have for Loopy as her high school years begin? Please, feel free to elaborate more than Buddy Budderson did.