Sometimes we as parents just need to take the time and brag about our kiddos.
And as a blogger, I have a great venue . . . so here goes . . .
Last week, I got an email that Ryan was going to receive an award on Friday. The “Sunshine Award” for all of 2nd Grade, not just his class.
When I walked in the building on Friday, his Kindergarten teacher was in the office while Ryan was dropping off his d-stuff at the nurses desk. She stopped me and said, “I love Ryan. Every time he sees me, he sneaks a hug. I think we have a special relationship.” It was all I could do not to cry. And I reminded her that they, she and Ryan, do have a special relationship. She made him feel safe at school when he was dx’d (mid-year his kindergarten year).
When the teacher, Aaron’s kindergarten teacher last year, was announcing the 2nd grade “Sunshine Award” she said that “this second grader is special to me because every time he sees me, he gives me a hug.”
And then when Ryan was called, over 500 students, I could see my little Aaron’s arms go straight in the air and his lips yelling, “That’s my brother!”
Ryan jumped up and walked right up on the stage, took his certificate and held it up proudly. He scanned in the back for me and Ethan, then smiled very big and waved.
And my heart about burst.
I do not love Ryan more than Ethan and Aaron. Not one bit. But sometimes when I see him and his successes, no matter how small, and his happiness, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with thankfulness that he is the child he is. That he does not let the hard of d, steal his joy.
Ethan, when we got back in the truck to take him to school said, “I’m so happy for Ryan, Mom. He so deserves stuff like that.”
How could I not be proud of these boys?
Oh, and one last thing, Ryan was voted President of his class on Monday too.