No, not the Oscars or the Grammys.
The School Awards.
In the last month, Elizabeth, because of her strong math skills, has been nominated as the only fourth grade girl from her school to attend GA Tech’s Creative STEM program held in her county where they held a Robotics competition. Her team- 1 boy and girl each from 4th and 5th grades- won 2nd place in the district and Most Creative overall. I was thrilled that she was a girl in this oh-so-male-dominated activity, and represented oh so well!
Then, she is one of 5 from the state of Georgia to have a winning theme go to the National PTA Reflections contest. Her theme “I’m Proud to Be…” was one of five picked throughout the state to represent Georgia. If it wins National, children around the country will be reflecting on her theme in 2012-2013.
Not to be outdone, Ray’s photography entry into this year’s PTA Reflections contest focused on the theme “Together We Can…” won Glynn County’s contest for all 3-5th graders and is headed for the state competition. He entered a picture of our family visiting Yiayia that said something like “… remember the past and touch the future.” The great irony is that he had changed his mind and wanted the one of him playing soccer with something about “… find common goals”- but we ran out of photo paper! As the PTA President told us, “The Reflections contest has been a very good thing for your children!”
Finally, Ray’s chess team won the regional championship and is headed for state. This is particularly sweet since it’s a group effort. He’s not the star, but he added to the total to get them there.
I tend to focus on the children’s areas of challenge because of my worries, because of our struggles, because of our tears. I know they’re smart and I know they’re wonderful, but I worry about what will impede them from becoming the best that they can be. I don’t want to brag- but I do think it’s as important to acknowledge the good times as well as the challenging moments.
Every now and then, it’s so nice to be reminded that- sometimes- they are who they are and that tears can be for joy as well.