Early yesterday afternoon, as I was finishing up lunch with Son #2, my cell phone started ringing. I looked at the incoming phone number and right away recognized it was from Son #1’s school. My heart skipped a beat as I pressed the answer button.
Voice: “Hi, this is Mrs. L (the school principal), from XYZ School. I’m calling you because I have your son in my office right now.”
Me: “Oh no, what happened???”
So many thoughts started running through my head, I felt dizzy. When Son #1 started kindergarten two years ago, I received several phone calls from the (former) school principal, who seems adamant at rectifying my son’s immature behavior by using the stick rather than the carrot method. It took a lot of teamwork between my son, his teacher and myself but we turned things around. Here and there, he’ll still do something he shouldn’t. He feels bad about it and works hard not to make the same mistake again. I admire his efforts.
When I picked my son up at school the day before yesterday, he told me that five or six of his classmates got in a lot of trouble at recess, so I was worried it was his turn. I also worried that he may have gotten hurt. What can I say, he seems to have inherited my clumsy gene. But the conversation went on like this.
Mrs. L (the new school principal): “Oh, no, nothing bad happened. I’m actually calling you to let you know your son received a “school compliment” (believe it or not, it’s an official certificate). He created an excellent piece of writing and his teacher sent him to my office so he could read it to me.”
Me: “Oh, wow, that’s great!” (Phew!)
Son #1, who wants to be a writer / illustrator when he grows up, finally got compliments for his writing from someone besides a close family member. You wouldn’t believe the look on his face when I picked him up. He was beaming with pride, and so was I. I’m so glad he finally went to the principal’s office for something so positive. After the rough patch he hit when he started school and the painful, messy situation he’s had to deal with at home in the past few years, it’s time he got to have a taste of a normal, happy school life.
The funny coincidence is, I got this fortune in my fortune cookie at lunch, just before I got the call. I believe, I believe, I believe! If you’ve read William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood book series, you’ll get this one.
Last night I folded his school compliment and stuffed it in our jar of “good things that happened in 2013”. Look how full our jar is getting and we’re not even through half the year! My boys love adding good things to the jar and they already asked if we’ll have a jar for 2014. This is my top favorite project to add positive thoughts in our lives for 2013.
Oh, and if you’re wondering what my son wrote, here’s his story. He’s taking you on an underwater dive. I loved the element of suspense, yikes! I hope you enjoy this Friday distraction. Remember he’s not even seven years old. You can click on the images to read them in a larger format.
I’d also like to share that my son is writing a whole series of books with his own superhero. They’re so good I’ve decided to help him make his writings and drawings into a real book format and look into publishing them with Amazon. I’ll share some of his work in the near future, so you can tell me what you think.
Look, he ran out of paper and had to get more!