I remember filling a shelf with parenting books before Zoe was born. I also remember filling a box with those same books after Zoe was born. Parenting is on the job training. Kids don’t come with owners manuals. You learn as you go. That’s why it’s a joy when you have those small triumphs, those times when you get it right.
Such is the case this week.
If those of you in the sound of my digital voice are parents, like me, you probably share the goal that your children have a better life and do greater things than you have done. My daughter has taken a huge step toward that objective this week.
Zoe is among the kids at her school selected for inclusion in our school system’s Talented and Gifted program in the fall.
No, it’s not a free ride to Harvard but it is a significant accomplishment – and apropos to my thesis this week, this achievement far outshines anything I ever accomplished in third grade. Third grade, when the most important thing for me was getting home from school in time to catch Superman and Magilla Gorilla reruns.
Please accept this post as the ramblings of a proud parent, not the boastful one. It’s just that I’m very happy to see my talented and gifted kid do me one better.
Mrs. McCullough and I are far from being a modern day Cliff and Claire (Although I still have the sweaters!) , but it’s comforting to see we’re doing something right!
Who knows, maybe when she gets to college – unlike Pops – she’ll actually do well!!