January 12, 2015

Don't Let Other People Define You

This post is dedicated to my younger son. Once he had a school project to make a personality kite. We worked on it very hard. We pored over magazines and went through pictures and when we found this, we knew it had to be the centerpiece of the kite. We thought we had the best kite ever, so when they didn't choose his kite to go outside on the board, we were surprised and very sad. I asked the teacher why his kite didn't get onto the board, and she said "It didn't look like he had made it himself." I was so angry, and I let it be known that yes, I had done some cutting and pasting of objects on the board. Yes, I helped him cut the poster board into a kite shape, but that he had chosen every single thing that went onto it. I don't think that was the reason at all. I think that it was this centerpiece of the kite that made them not want to admit that they were constantly criticizing and tearing down my son because he wasn't what they wanted him to be, which was quiet and obedient.

My son is amazing. His brother is also amazing. They are handsome and smart and talented and funny and kind and DIFFERENT. That difference is what people cannot accept sometimes, but it's what makes me proud of them.

My younger son can quote this by heart. It has been one of the things that has pushed him to become a scholarship student in one of the most prestigious engineering programs in one of the top 15 colleges in this country. Teach this to your children. Make them memorize it, and every time someone tells them "NO," you tell them "YES.'


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