It’s the first day of the 2022-23 school year for students in the Kent City School District. That actually applies to only one person in our family, now. But he’s still a pretty special person. Cor is starting the 10th grade, his sophomore year, at Kent’s Theodore Roosevelt High School.
Believe it or not, Cor grew a whole shoe size over the summer (size 8.5 in May; size 9.5 in August)! Friends and family tell him that he’s noticeably taller these days (though it’s harder for us to see since the change has been incremental). Still, I expect that he’s going to grow another several inches in the coming school year. And I’m looking forward to seeing how he grows in other ways, too.
After losing his chauffeur / sister to college, Cor has decided that he wants to ride his bike to and from school as much as possible. It’s still a whole year until he will be able to get his driver’s license, so this is a way for him to enjoy some level of independence. Honestly, it creates some anxiety with him navigating the roads around the high school with so many teenage drivers around. Still, we’re supporting him in this decision. He’s growing up. He understands the risks and rewards of cycling, and he’s committed to doing things as safely as possible.
Growing up is tricky business. But I’m proud of the way that Cor is handling himself. From the first day of the school year until the last day of the school year, we’re looking forward to seeing what God has in store for him this year, and beyond.