Kid has had all smiley faces on our emotions chart all week (so far). This despite having had 3 major review tests already. She also has a 3.62 GPA. (no bell curve either). So, all in all, that's pretty great considering that she has test anxiety and doesn't understand what the hell the teacher is saying half of the time.
Not so coincidentally she has befriended the Korean exchange students (have you heard of this? I find this kind of disturbing... and by 'kind of' I mean 'very'... Korean families send their elementary aged children to the US to go to school and live with host families. Our school is a very popular choice for this and about 15% of the school population are Korean exchange students) Anyway, the point is that Kid has become tight with the Korean girls partly because none of them know what the hell is going on and so they can just wander around lost together. I just think about how hard this is for us and my heartbreaks for these little kids who are away from their families and siblings many of them just learning English.
How long this respite from overwhelming school stress will last no one can guess... but for this week it's been a welcome reprieve.