Friday, June 15, 2012
Okay, I'm a disgustingly proud mother. I have three of the best kids in the world and am never afraid to share their accomplishments. I have to crow a little this week as all three of them have had some terrific achievements this week. We started with my oldest son who graduated high school this week. He will be attending UMass Lowell in the fall for Business. He received the Phillip S. Gilmore award for band at the end of the year and made the honor roll the last two terms of this year. He'll begin work this week. School has been a struggle for him the last 4 years but he's worked hard and done well and was accepted to all 7 colleges that he applied to.
My daughter, who is 14 just graduated the eighth grade last evening. She is becoming a beautiful young woman. She has been the starting pitcher on the school, rec and tournament softball teams for the past 2 years and began pitching at 8 years old. She also played goalie for the school field hockey team in 6th and 7th grade and in 8th - due to an injury - could not play, but was a captain and trained the new goalie. She received a Presidential Award for Academic Excellence last night. She has excelled academically, athletically and musically.
My youngest son just completed 7th grade. I was notified by his Spanish teacher, who I have contact with outside of school, that I should attend the Awards Ceremony for him today but not for what class. The teacher for each class got up and distributed about 5-6 awards to different students. He was not called up for any of these. Then, they all got up to award two students in the grade an overall award for Academic Excellence. My son was one of these two. He and I were both completely surprised by this.
I'm very sorry for being one of those annoying parents, but I just can't help being so proud of these children. Being that my dh and I both work full time and are involved in things outside of home and work - these achievements have been made much due to their hard work and dedication as opposed to a mother or father standing over them to excel. For this reason, I am extremely proud of all that they have done!