Last week, Owen was asked to give a speech to about 80+ staff members at our school district's back to school breakfast. He was more excited than I thought he'd be to get up early and address a large audience. He worked hard planning and writing the speech. Then he practiced in front of anyone that would listen...including the frog. His hard work paid off; he did a great job welcoming and inspiring our teachers. He thinks, he may have made our new administrator cry. (Watch him in the background, and see for yourself.) I know I cry every time I watch it. I'm so proud of him.
I'd love to say Trevor & I are the only influences that made him such a sweet, intelligent and poised boy, but his words are true...his "teachers' positive energy" had a little something to do with it. What he doesn't learn in The Compound he learns from the wonderful teachers in our district. Yes, I'm a partner in this guy's education, but for 8 hours of those 180 school days, I'm the silent partner.
So the extreme pride I have for this up and coming public speaker, I hope his teachers feel too! To Miss Cindy, Miss Julie, Mrs. Busch, Mrs. Heins, Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. Weigel, Mrs. Radtke, and soon to be Mrs. Grimm, he is the kid he is today, because you played a part in his life. I know that, and I'm happy to share some of the credit with you. I'm not forgetting all the special's teachers, support staff, summer school teachers, and other school staff either...you are all responsible for his success too!
That said, you're all due to chip in for his college tuition, and it's looking Ivy League -- so you better start saving your pennies! ;)
Have a great weekend. See you at school on Tuesday!