The best of the best deserve to be celebrated. And the kids who started at the bottom and work so hard to excel... they deserve to be celebrated, too. But where does that leave the average student? Uncelebrated. And sometimes... it hurts.
So many years ago, I realized that my kids were not the straight A kids... and it was hard, but I had to lower my expectations... just a bit. And as long as they tried as hard as they could and gave the most effort they were capable of, then I celebrated the B's. I didn't love the C's, but I recognize that C is average... and if average is all you got, well then, what can I say? I'm not saying that I didn't press upon them to give a little more... but sometimes I had to realize that you can earn a C, even if you gave it an A effort. And always... when the grades were not those fancy A and B letters that I dreamed of, I would glance over to the side of the report card and see that they have earned the highest marks possible for things like respect, effort, and character.
The school system may deem my kids average, but in this great big world we live in, they are anything but. Her heart... is not average. It is big and compassionate and more beautiful than I ever dreamed a heart could be. She gives of herself and serves our very big God. The courage she possesses is certainly above average to me. And his personality... is not average. It is bright, infectious, humble and kind... and just when you think he's given all he can, he pushes himself just a little bit more, because he loves to learn. He is the kid... who started out average and worked so hard... to be average.
I was surprised when we got a letter from the school, inviting us to the awards ceremony. We figured that he had pushed himself so far that he had earned whatever magic-number-of-a-grade-point-average you needed to get an award. But we were wrong (I'm sure it is really close though!) Camden received... the 5 Star Science award for 7th grade. I don't know what it all means... I wasn't totally listening, it caught me by surprise, but it had to do with his science grades and his character (I think) and four were awarded at his grade level. Yay for my (not-so) average kid!