Syd is kind and conscientious, considerate and careful. She is enrolled in all honors classes. Her teachers are fond of her.
She's blessed with a lithe frame and good looks. Her smile will melt your heart.
She is a high-achieving kid with tremendous leadership qualities.
I adore her.
And now she's been elected by her peers as the president of the student body.
I try to stay relatively disengaged from my kids' accomplishments and failures. I am proud of them, for sure. I encourage them. I do the best that I can as their mother. I am devoted to their well-being and do everything I can to meet their needs - but I never want to submit to the lure of assigning myself value according to how well my children perform in their world. I heard a message in church some years ago that suggested that the worst a parent can do is base their success as parents (or as people) on the achievements of their children.
But today, for just a minute, I allowed myself this thought:
"I must be doing something right."
And it felt good.
Now back to your regulary scheduled program.