Yesterday I was officially old. Rayne went to Freshman orientation at Neptune High School. Yikes, I have a high schooler!!!!! I feel like I just graduated high school myself. I also made the decision (after she texted me a billion times begging me) that I would let her drop band this year. She is a good clarinet player but wants to give it up for other things. I was going to force her to take it but after consulting with a few parents have decided to let her make the decision. The main reason I'm letting her drop band is that she also takes piano lessons which she does not want to give up. I'm quit proud of her, she initiated piano lessons all on her own and has been taking them for 2 months now. She skipped 2 books her first lesson, it helps that she has taken clarinet for 5 years!
I don't give Rayne enough credit. She is so amazing. She has had a tough time in life living in the shadow of Autumn. Having a sister with special needs is not easy, Rayne had to grow up quickly. Autumn and Rayne don't have a strong bond, but this past vacation together I did see a glimmer of Rayne softening up to her sister. I called Rayne on it and thanked her for being so kind. I love Rayne with all my heart and I miss the times she use to hug and kiss me. While camping we intertwined arms and it was pure bliss for me. She makes me smile:)!