Yes, it's true. Who'd a thunk that going back to school would bring me and Riley closer?
Over the weekend Riley's friend backed her car into Riley's in a low-impact fender bender. So, we went out yesterday to a local body shop to get an estimate. On the drive over, Riley talked to me about school, friends, and just life. I didn't act surprised or overly happy... didn't want to scare her away.
Then, today, after I came home from work, I started working on dinner, and Riley came home soon after from her time volunteering at a local after school program for girls. As she ate her salad, Riley told me all about her day (I can't remember the last time she did this). She showed me her long term plans for projects she's working on. We talked about colleges, scholarships and moving out in a year.
Then, the unthinkable happened. Riley became metacognitive with me and voiced the fact that she realized that we were spending more time together communicating. I said, "Oh yea, guess so. Didn't really notice."
Apparently, she says that going back to school has inspired her. She feels motivated to do things: projects, volunteer, schoolwork, and (get this) communicate with Daddy. I think that it may have hit her that she has only 300 days or so left with us here at home, and that she wants to make the most of it.
Never would have thought going back to school would have brought us closer...but, it has. Here's to a great school year!
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