“Jason Gabriel Stevens, you’d better get up, or you’ll be late for your first day at your new school,” said an authoritative yet gentle voice coming from downstairs. Yes, it was that time he had feared would soon come to pass... the start of a new year of school. Only this time, 13-year old Jace Stevens was preparing to leave behind the comfort of his old junior high, and was preparing to attend a rather different kind of school; a school where the guidelines were more strict, and the grading tougher.
Even though he had always enjoyed some of the stuff he learned from classes and even liked the idea of meeting new people, something inside the boy still caused some uncertainty as to what would happen at this new school. In fact, up until the summer, the young ascot-cap wearing boy had never heard of this school called Kadic Academy. But one thing was for sure, if the rumors were true about how teachers didn’t allow for any bathroom breaks, lunches were more bland and awful, and you couldn’t have any fun at all, maybe he should have begged his parents to let him stay at his old school.
“Aww mom,” he said slinking down the stairs. “Do I really have to go to this school?
What if everything my friends back in our old town said was true? What if this place really is as bad as they said it is?”
Setting his breakfast before him, Jace’s mother Victoria looked at her son seeing the uncertainty in his face and said calmly, “It’ll be okay sweetheart. I felt the same exact way when I first started junior high...”
“Oh boy, here we go again...” he thought as his mother talked in the background. “The old walk down memory lane.”
But rather than tuning her out during her speech, the boy’s attention was suddenly caught when his mother simply said, “You know what I do when I get nervous about first experiences?”
“No, what?” he asked with genuine sincerity.
With two simple words in her mind, she knew there was one thing her son took great comfort in, “I pray.”
It was at that moment Jace remembered how much his mother encouraged him to look to God for strength when times got tough, even when he was at his old school. Now being at a new school, the boy felt that it was only perfect to call on Him once again to help get through his first day.
Noticing his ease of tension, Victoria encouraged her son by praying for him and asking Christ to be there with him as he started this new journey at his new school. In his own mind, Jace also prayed he’d be able to make some good friends on his first day, and maybe even (Lord willing), meet someone special he could get to know as more than just a friend.
As the two said “Amen,” Victoria looked up at the clock and noticed that Jace only had 15 minutes to make it for registration.
Finally, with a quick bite to eat, and a swig of orange juice, Jace rushed out the door with backpack strapped on, running around the corner, off to make his way to register for his new classes as a student at Kadic Academy.
“Adele, sweetie, wake up! You slept in a little too long, you’re gonna be late.” said another calm and soothing voice shouting from the upstairs kitchen. After a few seconds, a young 13-year old girl appeared to emerge from her sheets, stretching to wake herself up and get ready for a new year at her school.
Even being a second year student at Kadic Academy, Adele Belpois had always enjoyed the greater concentration of learning she could obtain from classes, a trait possessed by her father Jeremie, who was also himself, as much an egghead when he was attending. Yet somehow, even with the attention to her studies, the young girl still found time to enjoy life’s many splendors for her age, which included hanging out with her friends often and even enjoying some quiet poetry every now and then.
Racing down the stairs to beat out her sister Maya to the table, Adele ran into the kitchen to grab her chair, but forgot that her sister knew a shortcut through the living room and saw her sitting there already. With an exasperated sigh, the blonde teen girl said, “One of these days, I’m gonna beat you at something!”
“All in good time sis,” said Maya chuckling as she sipped her tea. “All in good time.”
As breakfast was served by for them both, the girls’ mother Aelita couldn’t help but notice that Adele seemed a little troubled petting the family cat she named Juliet. Appearing not to touch her food at all, her mother placed her hand on her shoulder, she sat on the chair next to her and asked, “Adele sweetie, is everything okay?”
Looking slightly off-base, the youngest of the two children asked, “Mom, do you think I’m, well... do you think I’m pretty?”
Taken aback by her question, Aelita answered in a calm manner, “Of course you are honey. Why on earth would you ever think you’re not pretty?”
Slightly afraid to say why, the young blonde teen finally said, “Well, it’s just that, I tried asking this boy a few days ago if he wanted to go eat pizza together sometime, and he said he didn’t want to because he thought I looked like a nerd because of how I dress. And he even told all the boys that were in my English class that I wasn’t worth their time.”
Aelita felt shocked to hear that her daughter was given such a hurtful statement. But with a soothing tone, the mother of two told her daughter, “Adele sweetheart, don’t listen to anything those boys have to say. If they don’t want to go out with you, it’s their loss, not yours.”
“Yeah sis, any boy would be crazy to think he could find someone better than you,” Maya added as she tried to aid in the conversation.
“She’s right honey,” continued her mother. “I remember when you were first born. When I looked at you, I said to your father, ‘I see a bright, fun-loving girl who God brought into the world to do great things.’ It doesn’t matter what they think sweetie, you just be who God created you to be and no one else.”
It was then that her mother said something to her that seemed to resonate in her mind pretty strongly, “And don’t worry about the boy situation honey. I’ve got a feeling that soon, you’re going to meet someone special, and he’s going to be the one asking you to go out for pizza.”
With a smile forming on her face, the young girl wrapped her arms in a tight embrace around her mother and said, “Thanks mom. I feel better now.”
“That’s my girl,” she replied back. “Hey, you two had better hurry up and get going for your registration.”
Reminded of the day’s hectic events ahead, the two girls quickly finished breakfast and headed out the door to join up with their friends to begin another year of thrills and excitement on the campus of Kadic Academy.