I Know You – Sort Of

Yesterday I was working on a video shoot at another program that is part of the RedCliff Ascent Family. I turned from Bill, the photographer, to see a student crossing the room towards me with a look of friendly surprise on his face.

“JJ!” he called. “*Jack?” I asked. (I changed the student’s name to protect his privacy.) He dropped his books on a nearby desk and gave me a hug. “I saw the camera and wondered if you guys were here,” he said with a grin.

I confess I had to do a double-take. Same height, same weight, same hair, but Jack was so much different than the last time I saw him at Oxbow. This time he had a smile that lit his entire face. He looked tan and happy. He still had his sketch book in hand (he’s a terrific artist) but he had a stack of school books as well. He says he’s doing well in school. He’s got a B average and plans to graduate from high school while attending the RedCliff program.   

I asked about his parents and Jack said he’d just returned from a home visit about a month ago. “How did it go?” I asked. “Good,” he responded. “No problems. I’m doing good.”  “You’d better,” I threatened him with a laugh. “That’s exactly what we’re expecting from you.”

It occurs to me that that is what Jack expects from himself. Good luck, my friend. Stay strong.

Oxbow Academy is open for admission but are only allowing virtual tours at this time. We are following guidelines established by the CDC and the Department of Utah Health regarding COVID-19.