My eldest son, who is 16, received an “Amazing Kid” award today. These awards are granted through a local television station and highlight good kids in the community. My son is a quiet, behind-the-scenes kind of kid, who tutors younger students at school and helps teach the beginner karate classes at his dojo. He’s participated in the Cops for Cancer fundraiser for the last 5 years, shaving his head every October. He’s worked hard at school, earning honour roll status, and spent years working toward his junior black belt in karate.
He is a good kid.
Nobody interviewed me, but I could have added that he watches his little brothers, takes out the garbage, and cleans the kitchen every night, without being asked. Even at home, he is helpful and polite.
He really is a good kid.
And I’m so glad that he is being recognized, that the TV station chooses to highlight the responsible, hard working, quiet kids, and not just the stars.
This is his day.
But it affirms for me that my ex-husband and I got something right when we divorced. Before we ended the relationship, we made a commitment to put our kids ahead of our grievances. The first question is always, “What’s best for the boys?” And I think we’ve done a pretty good job.
I don’t write about my boys very often, as I’m conscious of their privacy. But there are times when their stories deserve to be told (and when a little bit of parental celebration is in order!)