When I drop Robby off at school each day, he is met at the door by a chorus of greetings from his friends all of whom are excited to see him. When I pick him up he is all smiles and eager to show me the projects and work that he completed during the day. All indications point to Robby loving school, but lately that has not been the reality.
his extended Dengue fever absence, it has taken some time for Robby to
get caught up academically. After a lot of work and largely because of
the dedication of his teacher, my little guy is finally caught up with
his peers. Knowing that he is no longer lagging behind has been a huge
weight that has been lifted off of my shoulders! The journey to regain
the knowledge that he lost during his battle with Dengue has been
He is on par with his classmates, but he continues to
deal with the aftermath of the illness. He experiences difficulty
concentrating and fatigues easily, both of which have impacted his
classwork. Before he became sick he was an academic leader in the class.
He now he ranks in the middle, and it bothers him. It is hard seeing
him frustrated and watching him struggle to regain the skills that he
lost. Normally happy and upbeat, he has begun referring to himself as
"stupid" and "dumb" because it takes him longer to think of words.
earlier this week Robby received news that instantly bolstered his
lagging self-esteem. I am thrilled to announce that my little koopa has
been named his school's "student citizen of the month." Robby was
selected for this honor because he intervened when he witnessed a
classmate being excluded. Seeing a small group of students form a club
and refuse admission to all of their classmates, Robby took action.
Without prompting, Robby formed his own club and invited everybody to
join. Within three days all of students were proud members of the "cool
kid koopa club" and the first club (with the exclusive membership) was
dissolved. With all of the work Robby has been investing in his
academics, I'm so proud that he still finds the time to help his
Scott and I weigh citizenship equally, if not heavier,
than academics. After all, there are only a few slots in the world for
those who are brilliant and socially inept. Being nice and smart will
always take you further in life. We have worked hard to instill the
values of compassion, empathy and action. Being recognized as "Student
of the Month" is a wonderful honor for him, but it is also affirmation
that despite our numerous mistakes, we might be doing something right.