The youngest of our four children is a senior in high school. Tonight is our final parent-teacher conference. Four kids x 13 years of schooling x twice a year = 104 times. That’s a lot.

Of course you try to make a good impression. You dress carefully to portray a serious, involved parental image. You ask at least one question to show you’re listening. You hang on their every word and gasp with admiration at their insights, especially if they compliment your child’s progress.

Of course we highly value education. Communicating with our children’s teachers is important to us. That’s why we have gone to every single one of these, over the years.

But making nice and sucking up is out of character for us. Good thing this is the laaaaaaast one. It’s getting a little old!

Do you think our daughter will forgive me if I show up with a martini in one hand and a lighted cig in the other, wearing a T-shirt proclaiming, “TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT” ????

JK, Maddy!!!

By Susan Darst Williams | | 2/15/18 | © 2018

BIBLE QUICKIE: Usually, whatever is “first” or “last” in a series is considered the most important. Think of a competitive swimmer and how hard he or she works on both the starting dive and the finishing touch. A good book needs a good start and a satisfying finish. You can’t have the last part of a trip unless you have the first part! In the Bible, Jesus Christ is described as BOTH first AND last. He is called the “Alpha” and the “Omega,” a metaphor relating to the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet (the New Testament was written mostly in Greek). “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last” (Rev. 1:11) is a claim that resounds throughout both the Old and the New Testaments. To the people of the time, anything that was called “the alpha” meant it was the very, very best; the chief; the most excellent. Similarly, scholars believe the “last” in that catch phrase reminds us how, at His crucifixion, Jesus became the lowest of the low, humiliated, despised and rejected, the ultimate end. But if He hadn’t been obedient to that, we wouldn’t have eternal life! In the Bible, Jesus is presented as existing BEFORE the universe was made, and it is predicted that He will still exist AFTER the universe ceases to be. That makes our long string of parent-teacher conferences look like less than a blip!