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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hooray For Coming In Third

"I'm going to the Third Grade."

That's what Zuki told everyone he met over the weekend. It may sound like he was stating the obvious, but I assure you, it is a very - big - deal.

He almost didn't make it.

I know - repeating the second grade is not the end of the world. We - being everybody but Zuki - were prepared to do it again, but Zuki fought tooth and nail to keep his head above water. He passed. That's all that matters now - next year is a whole new can of worms and believe me, I'm getting my fish hooks ready right now.

Much of his success is thanks to some caring people at his school. To me, they give a whole new meaning to the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child".

After many discussions with teachers, doctors, psychologists, other parents and several bartenders - I discovered that the characteristics of LD (learning disabled) is rather common. Honestly, I don't where to draw the line between a normal kid who finds math problems boring and a kid who has an inability to process information. What I do know, is anytime you're offered help to find out - better take it. Take it all.

Sometimes it's hard to separate what you know about your kid and what you want to know about your kid. Labels don't mean much on things we don't care about. When it's on your kid, however, we have a right to be picky. We all save a space on our bumper for that sticker that says "My kid is an honor student," but right now, I'd tramp-stamp this: My Boy Is A Third Grader.

Yes, I said tramp stamp because my butt is that big and because I don't have a car.

I'm like the Jeffersons, I'm movin' on up!

14 comments:

  1. Hey! Way to go there, George Jefferson—oops, I mean Zuki! And way to go mom and dad for sticking with it, and never, ever giving up! Now that’s the true hallmark sign of extraordinary parents. Good luck next year.

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    1. Thanks for the compliments! Now I have to teach Zuki the George Jefferson shuffle.

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  2. I'm sure your butt is smaller than a car bumper. :) I have a tramp stamp. My kids ask why I have artwork on my bum. haha! Congrats on your third grader!

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    1. Out of curiosity, what DO you tell your kids? That's worthy of a blog post, I might add.

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  3. "Sometimes it's hard to separate what you know about your kid and what you want to know about your kid." - So damn true!
    Congrats to Zuki for making the 3rd grade. He's a kid with a lot of spunk. I think that's what's most important to get you into 3rd grade.

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    1. Spunk IS important! Luckily, there's no shortage of that here. Thanks for the support.

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  4. Love that slide picture. Congrats to Zuki and his hard work in making it to the next level!

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    1. Thank you! You'll be soon experiencing these levels, too, I suspect.

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  5. Fabulous photo - fabulous Zuki. And woohoo third grade!
    I almost got a tramp stamp once upon a time. Thank God I didn't 'cause it's gonna be hard enough explaining to my kids why I've got four extra holes in my belly button (now stretched out and gross from child birthing - sexy, I know) and a blood clot thingy on the side of my nose from a piercing gone BAD. I'm a walking example of why NOT to pierce your bod in funky places.

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    1. Yeah, a blood clot is a good deterrent, I'd say. Thanks for the "fabulous".

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  6. Go Zuki! Third grade should be fun! :)

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    1. Thanks, Trinity. We're looking forward to it - I think.

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  7. Hooray for Kazuki! Congratulations to you too friend.

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    1. Thank you, Ava! Who would've thought he'd get support from halfway around the world.

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