Every year we take the high school students on a formal event—AKA a fancy night out. Every time we have taken this bunch of kids somewhere, someone always complements them on some aspect of their behavior vis-a-vis the normal teenager they encounter. This year was no different. The manager of the restaurant came by the adult table (the kids were sitting by themselves) and said how impressed they (her and the servers) were that all the kids made eye contact whenever they had interaction with the servers. It is the little things like that that go a long way. But it’s more than just a skill we have taught our kids in order to make a good impression. The 17 kids we took to Chattanooga last night actually believe other people are people, made in the image of God and worthy of respect. Therefore they make eye contact.
This was Rebekah’s first year to go and Lauren’s third. We opted for Chattanooga this year instead of Atlanta mainly to avoid the traffic. We had a nice meal at Alleia and then went to the Chattanooga Symphony afterward. We heard Mozart and Mahler, both pieces included a vocal soloist—many of our students first experience with opera. Enjoyable evening all around.
The girls in Rebekah’s class with the soloist, who took a few minutes to talk with them, after the concert
Now the final push toward the end of the year. Four weeks left. Then Jenna comes home. Then a senior trip for Lauren to New England. Then graduation toward the end of May.