Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Dragon Lives - Alex Has Fallen


Song:  Tears Of Remorse

Artist:  Trevor Crookston


We just learned this morning that Alex will not be accepted to
the Davidson Academy next year.

He will have to take his SAT (College Entrance Exam)
and he will have to score very high to even be considered for next year's testing.

We will have to also work on all of his deficient areas...
areas I shall illuminate in general...
but not in specifics.

I know that there are many who wish to know the exact
areas tested for in the exam.

Please understand...
the implied trust between prospective parents
and the Davidson Academy is sacrosanct.

To reveal the exam process in detail would breach that sacred trust
and would, in part, nullify their efforts to truly gauge the children's
strengths and weaknesses.

The Davidson Academy is a great institution...
made great because of their great standards.

As promised, I may tell of general areas of Alex's weaknesses...
and most importantly, our plans to prepare Alex to once again...
challenge the Dragon in a year's time.

Also, as promised...
I shall offer no excuses...
just the identification of the areas of failure
and the general plans to correct them to ensure
greater results for the future.

Our time shall be one of...
 analysis...
planning...
adaptation...
follow through.

Alex is handling it well...as always.
He has always tried to put his brave face forward.

He knows that we are in no way disappointed in him...
however, he was so looking forward to going to the Academy next year.

We shall be going out to view some Christmas lights...
and to put life back into perspective.

The battle is done for now...
we are back in camp...
it is time to reflect...
to heal our wounds.

Tomorrow will not allow for sorrow...
but on this night...
I shall shed tears of remorse.

You see...
Alex's areas of weakness was my area of responsibility.

He had failed in his Critical, and Fluid Reasoning...
his Organizational Skills and his ability to shift from
detail orientation to global thinking.


Alex hadn't failed...
my wife hadn't failed...
I had failed my son.


I shall not leave you on a low note...
we at least have a schematic of areas tested and weaknesses discovered.

Even in failure...
we shall fall with weapon in hand...
facing the enemy...
a battle cry in our hearts.

We allow ourselves one night to soothe our souls by the campfire...
to stare at the stars...to gather as a family around our wounded.

This will serve to renew...
 our sense of purpose...
our sense of direction...
our depleted energy...
for on the morrow...
we march...
forever forward...
forever onward.

I shall detail our plans for correction and adaptation soon.



4 comments:

  1. I know for a fact collectively you all put in 100% effort, it is unfair to expect more than that. Life is about adjustments, successes, as well as failures.

    I look forward to the mental and physical prowess that will arise from Alex in lue of this life challenge and your continued training.

    We are all behind you!

    "Fall seven times, stand up eight." ~Japanese Proverb

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  2. You are, of course, correct.

    However, we shall do our best to limit it to "Fall once, stand up twice"! :)

    Thank you Chris....I shall let Alex know of your support.

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  3. I am so sorry that Alex was not accepted into Davidson. I know how disappointing it is after all of you had worked so hard toward that goal.

    Just as you would not want Alex to be unreasonably harsh on himself in any way, so too you must realize that you have not failed your son. Critical and fluid reasoning is a very difficult skill to learn and master, and many adults even have trouble in this area. You have brought Alex along very far in learning these skills. The fact that he was not quite able to complete the journey is no reflection of your guidance.

    I know you will bounce back and look ahead, as you already have started to. Take care of yourselves, as you do your son.

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  4. Thank you Yuji. We at least now have a direction to move in. Our immediate goal is his SATs. Without a high enough score in it...he cannot even apply next year. We also have another year to prepare him to re-test at the Academy.

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