September 28, 2010

Star Student, Star Sister

The note comes home from school along with all of the flyers, teacher newsletter, last week’s homework and slightly crumbled blue card signifying another good day at school. The note is in an envelope addressed “To the parents of TheMonk.” Now, if you’re me, when you see an envelope coming home from school addressed “To the parents of TheMonk” you immediately think the worst. You begin wondering how long the timeout your kid is going to have and how TheMonk will look awfully funny being in the timeout spot sporting the stubble of a prepubescent teen.

But then I actually open the envelope and it reads, “Congratulations!” Your child [Insert Name Here] has been chosen to be honored for [Insert Reason Here] Effort. Please attend our awards ceremony this Friday. Signed, [Insert Teacher's Name Here].

So there it was. Not two months into school and TheMonk was already getting recognized for his “Effort.” Nevermind that this is the same kid that gets distracted putting his underwear on in the morning. Apparently, at school, this kid is all about the effort.

As I am basking in the knowledge that my son is the hardest working kindergartner on the planet, what is equally glaring is that there is only one envelope. No envelope arrives addressed “To the Parents of Swee’Pea.” We wonder how the news that TheMonk will be recognized and she will not will go over. Will she pout? Cry? Whine that “it’s NOT fair?!”

We walk over to TheMonk and Swee’Pea and tell TheMonk that he will be getting an award. After explaining what an award is to a slightly confused little boy, we turn to Swee’Pea and explain that whenever someone in our family gets special recognition, that we are all very happy for that person. Swee’Pea agrees that it’s very cool that her brother will be getting an award. There is no jealousy or anger evident and she tells TheMonk “good job!”

Fast forward a few days to an auditorium crowded with camera-laden parents and a room full of wiggly elementary school students and names are called up one by one to receive their awards. Finally, the principal announces TheMonk’s name and a certain someone lets out a very loud, “WOO HOO!!!” I’ll admit it wasn’t my wife. And this would be a great story if it was Swee’Pea, but it wasn’t. I’ll leave it up to you to guess who it was. But I’ll tell you this. The second loudest clapper was a little girl cheering for her brother while in the audience surrounded by her classmates.

At least, I’d like to think that’s true. I was kinda distracted yelling out “WOO HOO!!!”

8 Comments

  1. This made my heart happy. Just what I needed today. Those kids of yours are pure awesome.

    Comment by Feistykel — September 28, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

  2. Congrats to TheMonk!! Love it. And glad she was ok with it. It’s hard to be happy for one while you worry about the other, isn’t it? Just one more fun parenting thing!! :)

    Comment by pgoodness — September 29, 2010 @ 2:24 am

  3. Yay for TheMonk!! And good on Swee’Pea! This was a good learning moment for both of them. Great picture, too!

    Comment by Deanna — September 29, 2010 @ 8:04 am

  4. That is so wonderful for him, and for you! I’ll say it again, you are doing a great job with those kids of yours!! :)

    Comment by Kellee — September 29, 2010 @ 8:23 am

  5. Swee’Pea should get an award for being the best sister in the school!

    Comment by Aunt Raina — September 29, 2010 @ 9:08 am

  6. Way to go…for both of them.

    Comment by Nancy [Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas] — September 30, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

  7. Hey that’s fantastic! Congrats of course to the Monk, but Sweet Pea’s accomplishment is just as great. We have had that same scenario played out in our house over the years with our twins, and it’s not easy! Right now as 9 year olds, they’re dealing with inequities in experiences – our son has friends who invite him along to Disneyworld and other amusement parks, and our daughter’s friends just happen to invite her for more mundane activities, like going to the pool. Anyway, I agree – Sweet Pea deserves a prize as well!

    Comment by Aina — October 2, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

  8. Cool! I agree with Aunt Raina, Swee’Pea deserves a best sister award.

    Comment by Grandmother — October 2, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

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