I always wanted to be successful in my life but I never thought a small success of my son’s would be the most important one to me thus far in my life. But two weeks or so ago a simple elementary academic awards program that is exactly what happened.
In the past, particularly last year, I went to those awards and my heart knew it wasn’t going to be good. I silently cried when Crawford got no academic award. I watched him look around at all his friends that got at least one but he was a trooper and just went with it. In the end, he got a ribbon for box top collection, which seemed to make him happy but still my heart was breaking.
He was working so hard. He was doing the STEP program which is an individualized physical literacy program used by schools to impact on academic performance, pupil behavior, resilience, physical development, well-being and self-esteem. He was getting extra help from his teachers and Mrs. Kim. Mrs. Leah was giving him dyslexic therapy and I was at home every night trying to do my part to reinforce what was learned at school. But at that time it still wasn’t enough. Mrs. Conrad said that Crawford now needed the gift of time and she was right.
Summer came and went and when school started back we did all of the extras for Crawford that he was doing at the end of the year before. This time it was all starting to pay off. With his hard work in Dyslexic therapy over the summer, apparently he was more ready to start school than he had ever been.
He started making fabulous grades. He was doing homework on his own at home. His confidence seemed to increase a little everyday, not just in class but socially as well. I couldn’t believe it he was excelling and enjoying it all at the same time.
I could just hug every teacher he has had because all in their special way they helped Crawford and his mama find the exact tools that my son needed to continue his education AND do well. They will never know truly how much I appreciate them.
So fast forwarding to this year’s awards ceremony. My mama, David and I went but I was filled with anxiety. What this child has wanted more and worked hard towards was to receive a medal in something. Medals are given out for academic excellence so I was sitting on pins and needles to see how it all played out.
As the program went on Crawford got a medal for Headmaster’s List for the entire year and the pins and needles became ants in my pants because I was so proud and I couldn’t wait to hug him. I could have walked out then and been perfectly happy but my baby had won other things too. He got a second medal for highest average in Math. Wow! Then he got a certificate and then another and before I knew it he had four or five. I was too proud!
Crawford deserved his moment in the sun. After the assembly was over we walked down to congratulate him. He was so excited that he forgot himself and gave me a hug. Now days hugging your mama isn’t cool especially around your friends.
He didn’t want me to leave. He kept finding things for me to help him with. I would like to believe that somewhere down deep he just wanted to share the whole experience but it was his blaze of glory because he was the one who did all the work.
That day the smile on my face was the award of all awards. It was an accomplishment that I will treasure forever even though it was his. All of the days and nights fretting about how he was going to do in school haven’t come to a complete end but they can relax because I know that he’s got this and he showed himself and the world.