Monday, April 11, 2011

The mother of all surprises...

Alex's teacher walked out with him on Friday after school and met me at the flagpole.  Not his para, his teacher. 

Shit.  What did he do?  What happened?  What was misunderstood or misinterpreted??  Lord, please tell me it's not too bad... 

I've talked about the pit of fear that wells up in my stomach when his teacher comes out to met me.  Read about it here and come back.  Usually his para walks him out and when it gets bumped up to the teacher it only means one thing:  Trouble.  I braced myself for what she had to say and was trying to estimate how many cookies I had to bake to get back in her good graces.

And I was given the mother of all surprises. 

She told me he did great with his Origami presentation and they want to use the video and broadcast it throughout the school.  She was so proud of him and he was beaming.  For a moment his tics were silenced.  He was thrilled.  Proud. 

What?!?  Presentation?  Origami??  What in the hell was she talking about???

I had no idea he was doing a presentation, let alone one that was to be videotaped.  Mrs. T had to talk to me nice and slow because I was standing there looking thoroughly perplexed.

Here's the skinny:  Mrs. T asked Alex on Monday if he wanted to to teach the class how to make Origami cranes on Friday.  He said "yes" and didn't say a word to me.  I was stunned.  Not that he didn't tell me, I never get information out of him about school, I'm used to that.  But about the fact he was teaching other kids how to do Origami.  That was his "go to" thing back in September and he moved past it around Thanksgiving and he's not looked at it since.

Some of his Origami work.

This past week he's not uttered a peep about his teaching assignment and he's not looked at any of his origami books.  At all.  He got up in front of his class on Friday morning and taught them how to make a crane from paper.  Stone cold, from memory, from about six months ago.  Amazing. 

So Friday, I got one of the best surprises I could ever get.  My little one did something that he loved and he excelled, so much so that his teacher came out and was gushing all over him about it.  Gaw, to see his face, it was priceless. 

My face on the other hand was a horror.  Of course I started to well up and when that happens I get all red and blotchy, like I've been stung by a  squillion bees, and I get all snotty and teary and ugggh, you get the idea.  Not pretty. 

But Alex's face?  That was a thing of beauty.


  1. My face gets all splotchy and red too. Yuck, huh?!

  2. Aww... I'm welling up here too!! This is fabulous.... absolutely fabulous. Well done Alex. And proud he should be. As should you!

    xx Jazzy (via Blog gems)

  3. How awesome! Its always wonderful when our kids can shine like that.

  4. Oh! I LOVE it!!! That is so incredible. (And I'm sure you didn't look as bad tearing up as you may think.) :)

  5. Awww this makes me teary-eyed just reading it! How amazing!! LOVE this!

    (Hi from Blog Gems! :))

  6. Surprises are good, especially this one. yeah, big guy!

  7. Origami is hard. I never was able to do more than a paper boat. Look at all those amazing things he did in that cute little basket! Did he teach himself?

    There are so many good things about this post. He knows how to do something that is HARD. He is good at it. He did not brag so he is humble. His teacher was so proud she came out to tell you and you got to shine as a proud mama! And he was proud of himself!! And now we get to share it with you. Thanks Lizbeth. This was a great feel-good story.

  8. What a lovely, heartwarming and inspirational story -visiting from blog gems xx

  9. That is awesome. Sorry about the red, blotchy, and snotty face, tho. So, in a way, I would loved to see both your faces on Friday.

  10. Alex freakin' rocks!!! Way to go!

    That's almost better than knowing ahead of time that he was asked to do it, because it was the most awesome surprise ever!

    Except for the snot...not such a good surprise.

  11. Way to go, Alex! I'm so proud and he's not even mine! I could NEVER do Origami. Not even one little bit... Unless you count those weird "fortune tellers" from elementary school.

    I hate when I get red and splotchy. Totally a worthy cause though.

  12. That is wonderful!

    I always cringe when a teacher wants to talk too. I always assume the worst.

  13. Thanks guys! Sorry for not commenting sooner, I've got sick kids. Uggh, I'm so disgusted but glad for the comments and ability to sneak out for a moment of sanity! Thank you!


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