It’s been a challenging school year for Thing One. At times, I wasn’t sure he’d make it, and I wasn’t sure I would, either. But the last several weeks of school, he really turned things around – not sure if that’s due to the benefits from the CogMed program he took part in finally kicking in, a little extra maturity, Thing One finally making up his mind it was time to get serious, or some combination of the three, but he did much better. Work was turned in, on time and complete. He finally became a Math Maniac (and when his math teacher described how excited he was and how his classmates celebrated his accomplishment with him, I just wanted to cry tears of joy). His desk was still a mess, but it was slightly less of a mess. Progress!
And then there was the awards ceremony. I’d e-mailed his teacher to ask about the possibility of him getting any awards, and she’d said he would be getting an award. Wow! That would be a first for him, and I was pretty excited about that.
The morning of the ceremony came. Thing One said several times how he hoped he got an award, and it was all I could do not to tell him that I knew he would because his teacher had said so. Imagine the surprise and excitement when he got not one, but two awards! One was for Exemplary Attendance, for kids who attend for 97% or more of the school year, but don’t make perfect attendance (perfect attendance at our school is bell to bell, every day, never tardy, and never leaving early, even for a doctor’s appointment or going home sick – that’s pretty tough to do!). And then there was the On the Road to Success award, for outstanding effort and improvement during the school year. So proud of that one! He has come a long, long way this year. Where he used to anguish his times tables and ask me to please just tell him the answer, now he knows them pretty solidly. Responsibility has improved a lot, and we’re seeing a slight decrease in the over-the-top drama that used to be a hallmark of pretty much every day. He has worked like a champ, and it was good to see that effort recognized. With the exception of math, he actually ended up with all B’s for the year, so not too bad in the grade department, either. Hopefully this is the beginning of an upward trend in the academics department – I’m super proud of him, and excited about the possibilities going forward! And hopefully this won’t be the last time we see him up on stage for something he’s done well.