6.22.2010

June 22, 2010

White Dog and Quinn both wondered what was up when Michael, a typical teen, appeared dressed and ready for breakfast at 7:30am. This was not the young man who has been invisible until mid morning at the earliest...but wait! White Dog glanced at the calendar...this was the first day of summer session for school!

Three days a week for the next 5 weeks, Michael will attend a community transition program to gain skills in independent living, job training, and self advocacy. He will learn to ride the city bus system and will work in the community greenhouse, among other adventures. White Dog and The Other White Dog crowded around him in excitement wishing him luck, making sure he had bottles of water and his baseball cap and sunscreen (a lot of time will be spent out of doors), and in letting Michael know how proud they both were of him.

White Dog rode with to drop him off; Quinn opted to stay home for second breakfast but made Michael promise to remember everything so that he could share with all of us when he returned.

A cloud of white greeted Michael when he got home, nearly knocking him over as it poured love and happiness over him. His first day went well, it seems, reading between the lines of teen short answer speak...and he is enthusiastic that this year's theme is entrepreneurship (I did not even know Michael knew the word!) As he explained to the White Dogs, "We will get to visit a bunch of business like a bakery and an office and a pet store to see what kind of jobs there are and how the place runs. Then we are going to start our own business at school!" White Dog suggested a business that makes dog treats and Quinn argued for a doggy day care, but Michael explained that the class would have to decide together what the project would be. "At least promise that you will bring up our suggestions," White Dog pleaded.

14 comments:

Sagira said...

Sounds like Michael is going to learn a lot of useful things. :)

Jacqueline said...

YAY for Michael!...We know he is a smart young man and will do a great job at his summer school program!...It sounds like it will be a lot of fun for him...Best of luck Michael!...hugs sweet friend...Calle, Halle, Sukki

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...
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Brian said...

Way to go Michael, we can't wait to hear how the program goes!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Another great experience for Michael and he sounds like he is even excited about it- pretty rare for a teenager:)

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

TwoSpecialWires said...

Woohoo to all of you!!! It's gonna be a good summer!

Love
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

That is such a cool thing to learn...Mom wishes that they have these kind of entrepreneurship programs taught in Malaysia too when she was studying. She says it beats learning only theories anytime :) Can't wait to hear more about Michael's experience :D

Scottie

The Thundering Herd said...

Those all sound like great business ventures and I am sure you two will be of great help.

Teddy Bear said...

Summer school sounds fun! We know Michael will learn lots of great things.:) A doggy daycare sounds great to us!

Love,
Teddy Bear

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I know woo two will be there when Michael has khwestions!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Hansel said...

Hurrah for Michael! We are so proud!! Mommeh says she hopes she gets to meet him when she comes out there! Tell him how proud we all are, and that we all send our love!

Remington said...

That is great for Michael! He will do well!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Wow what a great class it sounds like - we know Michael will do great. And we like the suggestions of both Quinn and Siku - we hope he does bring them up! And we know that Michael will learn a lot of great stuff - it sounds like a wonderful program!

Prinnie,Digby and Atka said...

Hooray for Michael! Think of where this young lad would be if not for you(my BFF), your brother and your parents. You should all be so proud of what you have accomplished!!

We love you all,
Prinnie and the gang!