“Family is the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights and our comfort when we occasionally falter.”Brad Henry
As we begin to inch closer to July’s Family Weekend, our anticipation grows with every step. All three campuses are busy preparing for the exciting events ahead of us. While we work together to provide a comfortable space for families, participating in deep clean, setting up snack and beverage stations, and mentally preparing ourselves for the occasion, I hope that you all are taking care of yourselves as well. The incredible effort all parents are putting in to visit their child is remarkable. We all are beyond grateful.
One thing about the Ironwood community that I appreciate more than anything is the love and support given to one another in times of stress. Most of us have struggled with the feeling of homesickness, as some of us have not seen our families in 5+ months. I’m sure that this factor has impacted all of you at home, as well. I know it can be hard, but family weekends are a chance to catch up and acknowledge the change everyone in the family has been making over time. The fact that we all struggle together brings us even closer, I consider Ironwood my second family and I know that I am not alone with that. We support each other through the range of emotions each resident is feeling. Nervousness, eagerness, and hope, just to name a few.
The level 1 & 2 residents wait intently for further instructions. For many, this is a whole new concept for them. While some residents have been on campus for the required time to reconnect with family, other have not and will be relaxing with at our Orange Family Village, cooking hot dogs over the fire and enjoying the great outdoors. Orange Family Weekend is a chance to connect with one another on a deeper level, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the day to day schedule. I will be spending some time with them this weekend and can’t wait to get to know everyone a little bit better and have some fun. My Orange Family Weekend experience back in September 2019 was a weekend to remember and I can assure you that your child will have a good time, as well.
Family Weekends can be challenging for some residents and even parents. You begin to feel unidentified emotions that you’ve never felt before. You may feel longing or hurt, for example. Just understand that we are changing, growing for the better and we know that you are too. Growth takes time. In order to grow, we must work together and we must want the best for ourselves and each other.
Have a nice weekend and stay cool.