He has been excited about this trip since last year when the other 8th grade class went. George is a very patriotic kid. Ever since he was chosen as a Student Ambassador in 5th grade and was able to travel to Canada with a group of other student ambassadors from Southern California, he has been really into U.S. History and being very patriotic.
So when a writing contest was announced in which the winners will be participating in the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he decided to enter. “What American is to me” was the title of all the essays that would be submitted. It had to be two pages long and typed. 16 kids entered the contest and last night at the meeting they announced the winners.
“Each of the essays was read by three teachers,” one teacher explained. “The names on the essays were covered up so the teachers did not know whose essay they were reading.” This point made me happy because George is kind of a charmer especially to adults. He is funny in that he enjoys talking to adults and most remember him because of that. I am glad that was not a factor because I wanted the best essays to win, not necessarily my son. “Each teacher scored the essays, we added them up, and took the 4 highest scores. Two from the boys and two from the girls.”
The teacher read a boys name first and of course everyone applauded. I was sure another boy's name would come next but instead it was a girl’s name. Here it comes! Nope the girl sitting behind us was named. Oh man. I cannot stand this….
“And Geoooooooooorge Simmons!” The teacher looked right at him and said it like he was on a game show. I may be crazy but I am pretty sure he got the biggest applause. I later found out that this teacher was sort of messing with George about his essay saying almost daily, “Don’t ask me. I know nothing!” She waited to say his name last to mess with him one last time! It was very cute.
Anyhow, all 4 of us sort of floated home last night being proud of our little dude. Gillian told me that she almost started crying. She is a proud little sister.
Jasmine and I stayed up late talking about our kids and how blessed we are. They are both so different except that both are very much alike in that they continue to amaze us with their accomplishments. We are not the pushy parents at all but we are the encouraging type. We are both good cheerleaders. With very good reason to be.
We have quite the team.