Friday, December 16, 2011

Alex On The Eve Of Battle: Final Preparation And Polish


Song:  Serenata Immortale

Group:  Immediate Music





The past two weeks has been a very hectic time for Alex and his mother.

My part was limited to some oral presentation practice and some 
practice with critical reasoning in the synopsizing and analyzing of stories.  

Almost all of everything else, my wife had overseen.  

Alex studied without complaint.

As the focus was on Davidson Academy testing prep...
we had done nothing but that.

No exercise...music...any other subjects.

We had to limit him to 10 or so hours a day of formal study.
We didn't wish to burn him out. 




He is practicing his persuasive writing in the below pictures.
Part of his preparation was his expository and persuasive writing skills.





We were careful to allot some free time also.
He liked to relax on the sofa and free read
or play some of his video games.






He is enjoying this book at the moment.
It shows some of the fallacies committed by some... using bad science.
It is his favorite book right now.





He also enjoys reviewing an illustrated math dictionary.


There is this particular wild rabbit that keeps visiting our backyard in the morning hours.

Alex enjoys watching him eat and hop around.


We were careful to not push Alex beyond the limits of tolerance...
either in intensity or in the quantity of studying.

It was more of his mother merely guiding Alex in his studies...
and limiting him from pushing himself too far.

At the conclusion of this...
his last night of preparation...
I had gone lightly over his oral presentation skills...
and I had summed up the purpose of his prep time.

I had told him that the battle is won...
not on the battlefield...
but in all the time before it...
in preparation.

He understood.

I told him of how proud we were of his diligence in his studies.

I told him that should he not achieve his goal this time...
that it would not be his fault...
for he had put in his due effort.

It would be ours for not having adequately prepared him.

As we don't know exactly what the testing entails...
this will be our learning experience...
and our goal would be to fully prepare him for the following year's testing...
should he fall in battle.

He knows that we are not going to give up...
but that we would merely adapt and conquer at a later time.

Of course...
this may be thought of as psychological buffering.

Yes...however, it is also true.

What he is striving for is such a high goal...
just him having come this far is such a great achievement.

In a matter of hours...
Alex will be engaging in the intellectual battle of his life.

He has been prepared intellectually as well as psychologically.

It will be another two weeks or so before the results of the examination
will be announced.

Should he make it...
we will, of course, be ecstatic.

Should he not...
we will be a little disappointed...
but in ourselves as parents...
certainly not in Alex.

I will also offer no excuses...
but a listing of our failures...
and a new battle plan for the future.

Forever with eyes open and looking beyond the horizon...
Forever driving forth with a burning passion for learning and for life...
Forever striving...never giving in...never giving up
until all possibilities have been exhausted...
and then re-examining the options...
adapting...conquering once again.


There is no other way to truly live...
it is...
The Immortal Serenade.




4 comments:

  1. Auntie Linda is your cheer leader! Success is a matter of doing what you love with persistence and progress. In Alex I see a very successful person with the support and love that unconditionally prepares him for greatness. We are proud of you Alex and warmly hug you while you wait for your results

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  2. Thank you...I shall relay the message to Alex. Whatever may come...we are prepared to go forth regardless...one way or another.

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  3. You all have a lot to be proud of. To raise a child who is so dedicated, well that says a lot about the parents. Congratulations!

    I am sure that Alex did very well.

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  4. Thank you...we hope to find out the results of the exam in a few weeks.

    My next article tells of the actual exam day.

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