Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What a Weekend!

SuperKid had an amazing weekend! He started off bright and early Saturday morning with a Piano Competition. He has been playing piano for just over a year, and I have to say I think he's really good. I don't know a lot about music, so that may not be the greatest credential - but others who do know music agree with me. So there! lol Anyway, SuperKid and Mr. Wonderful fought the St. Patty's Day traffic (parade day, of course!) to get downtown for the early start time. Luckily, they were so early they had no trouble finding parking (first sign that the Luck o' the Irish was with them). They checked in, SuperKid went to the practice rooms - and next thing they knew, SuperKid was zipped away to perform his music in front of the judges. No parents allowed. 

He came out all smiles and seemed very pleased with his performance. He usually feels pretty good about his performances, though, so it was hard for Mr. Wonderful to gauge just how well he may have done. But no time to ponder - they had to leave downtown to grab some breakfast and make it to swim team practice by 10:30. Then home for lunch, to the club for tennis practice and then back home for all-important play time (it was a beautiful day to play outside, by the way - 75 degrees on St. Patty's Day in Cleveland!?).

So, anyway, later SuperKid's piano teacher sent out an announcement - SuperKid had received the highest rating - Unanimous Superior! Woo-hoo! Such a great accomplishment for him! And for the other kids who received the same rating - congrats to all! SuperKid's teacher is truly amazing - she really expects - and gets - a lot from all of her students!

Then on Sunday, another great achievement! That afternoon, during a break in his Cub Scout Pack's Pinewood Derby, SuperKid and his fellow Webelo IIs received their Arrow of Light Awards. The highest honor a cub scout can earn, the Arrow of Light signifies the achievements of the Webelo II and his readiness to bridge over to Boy Scouts. Cub Scouts, for those of you who don't know the program, is basically leader-led. Boy Scouts, however, is more self-led - so earning the Arrow of Light is kind of a coming-of-age event, if you will. 

I had big tears on my face during the ceremony. I thought back to many years ago, when SuperKid was being diagnosed, and recalled the doctor's warnings that our son would likely never speak or play or be a part of society. And here he was, earning the Arrow of Light! Way to go, SuperKid !!

I am so very grateful to the many people who helped SuperKid achieve this award. His den leaders truly recognized his talents and made sure to give him opportunities to prove and stretch his capabilities - just as they did for all the other boys in the group. SuperKid is not the most popular boy in the den - he is still a bit socially awkward - but I have to say that it warms my heart when the other boys recognize his talents. At his last Homeschool den meeting, the boys had to give two speeches. SuperKid's speeches were really good, and it was so amazing to see the boys come up to him and say, "Good Job!" and talk amongst themselves about how good his speeches were. My heart melts at times like that, let me tell you!

So all in all, an amazing few days. Hurray for SuperKid and his superhero-like weekend!! :-)

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