Thursday, November 11, 2010

honor roll

After one quarter in the middle school, Punk has been named to the "A honor roll."

Tonight I told him that even though I was not surprised, that I was very proud of him.

His immediate response?   "Sweet! What present do I get?" (Don't ask where this little gem came from - seriously, don't ask).

So I say to him, "Actually, you get two things."

He looks genuinely surprised for a moment - he knows me better than that. So I say to him,  "The first thing you get is a feeling of self worth . . . "

"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yeah let me guess - the second one is your respect." He knew this one was coming,  I can tell by the way his eyes nearly roll back into his skull.

"Yep - and I don't just give that stuff away."

He's a pretty good natured kid.  He takes the report card back and just grins at his stupid mother.

I lean my elbows on the table so I can get a good look into his eyes when I ask this next question. "Dude, can you honestly say that if I bought you something, that this would be a bigger accomplishment?  If I bought you something, would you feel better about yourself?"

He does not miss a beat when he leans in, smiles and says, "Absolutely not.  I'd just feel better about you."

2 comments:

Jamie Willow said...

haha! love it! he will keep you on your toes for sure :) you should get him something really lame and just see what he says then...lol...

The Guptas said...

Love it!!