the Merit Award

We wondered if it would happen? What would it be for?  Did we want him to receive something just because it was his turn?  Would he be truly deserving of such recognition?  How will it not be seen as the “sympathy award”? 

OK, we are new to this school caper… plenty of kids get awards for all sorts of funny little reasons – clearly important to that individual… who cares if they seem silly to others.  Personal growth is indeed more important than comparison to others – we absolutely understand that – nice to have the reminder though.

We had a nice chuckle to ourselves when we realised this.  We thought back to the pride we felt when we were five years old receiving an award for one thing or another but we did wonder, was our award ever as insightful as this  one for Mac, did our Teacher “nail it” as far as really ‘getting us’?

Mac received a Merit Award for his “Keen Interest in Music”.  

This is a very appropriate award for Mac (although the fact he cried when they turned off the heel-n-toe polka might have been a bit of a give away).  Even so, there are a few things that make Mac tic… music is one of them. 
It was wonderful to have that not only identified, but recognised.

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