For hours afterwards my insides were revved up and my heart flip-flopped back and forth between disbelief and utter joy. After a length of silence between us I would burst out again with other tidbit of excitement or share a random wonderful thought that had suddenly made its way into my stream of consciousness... and for the first twelve times, he smiled brightly. I could tell then... that enough was enough. At least for him. But I could have gone on another thirty times. Oh how thankful I was that when we picked up Eric and Laura from the airport I could start the gushing all over again...
When his name was called for a Science Pride award, I cheered. And then when he made his way to the stage for a Five Star Math award I mentally checked off the list in my mind- special night? Check. With the award for his grades that will make three... and three awards? Amazing. I was whispering to my friend when they described the next award and so when they called his name again, I had no idea what he was receiving... but there he was striding across the stage, shaking hands with the teachers. By the time he had received two awards for his grade point average I was beaming and my heart was fully content. Five awards rested under his seat and I was thrilled for him. It has been a banner year, a truly wonderful middle school experience, and to cap it off with a night like this was truly more than I had hoped for.
But God wasn't quite finished showing off.
It was the very last award of the night... the Principal's Award. One girl and one boy are chosen from among teacher nominations for this highest honor. I was really only half listening, so excited about an award my friend's daughter has just received... but then I heard his name, and I saw him pop out of his seat and return to the stage again. And all at once I was laughing and crying and cheering... fumbling with my camera, which was all but put away in my purse, and just beaming.
and He tosses in a sense of humor so that when she realizes that he wore white socks with his black dress pants and shoes there will be only gales of laughter.