********************I was never particularly fond of Science when I was in school. Because of that, I was never very good at it either as I could just never work up the interest and enthusiasm that I had for other subjects like History and Literature. Science, like Math, was one of those subjects that I got through because I had to and that was that.
Fortunately, Amanda not only has a knack for Science but she seems to have an actual interest in it. I can honestly and unequivocally say that I was quite proud of the fact that she was placed in Honors Science upon graduation from Junior High. Because I am so inept in Science, that made me even more proud of her but I was a little worried that it might be too tough for her - especially after I went to Parents' Night at NFA and found out what was going to be required of her. My fears have apparently been unfounded, though, as one of the better grades that she brought home last marking period was in her Science class.
With mid-terms fast approaching, she recently had two tests that were making her a little nervous as they were both pretty tough but she scored an 'A-' on both of them with the word "EXCELLENT!" emblazoned across the top of the page in bright red ink. Apparently Amanda was one of only two students in her class who managed to get a 'A' on the tests and when she showed them to me she was justifiably proud of her accomplishment.
With some of the horror stories that I hear from other parents of teenagers, I've got to say that I am quite thankful that I don't have those problems with mine. Yes, I get frustrated that she isn't the neat-nik that I would like her to be and I would love to see her take the motivation to help out around the house on her own once in awhile but I really can't complain when you get right down to it.
Tonight Amanda is at the Girls basketball game at NFA playing in the pep band for the very first time and she was a little nervous as she's the only one in pep band that wasn't in marching band this year but despite that I think she's going to do great. I'm proud of her for taking part when it would have been easier to "wait until next year" when she felt like she fit in better.
Truth be told - I'm proud of her in a lot of ways with a lot of things and I probably don't say that nearly enough. I guess it's a good thing she reads my blog!