Yesterday was school registration day. It’s almost time to leave behind the carefree days of summer, and launch the kids back into the discipline of a scheduled life.
The rush of the mornings. Packing lunches. Homework. Not all negative, just all stuff that goes along with the privilege of getting to go to school.
As I walked into the Junior High to register Joshua, I was reminded of a life lesson that happened when our oldest son, Will, was in that same school…
It was parent teacher conferences, and I had shown up to discuss Will’s less than stellar grades. Denny and I had been REALLY frustrated by his grades for some time. Regardless of what “discipline”, “encouragement”, or “tutoring” we gave him, it didn’t seem to change things.
So, I was showing up to see what his teachers had to say about him, find out what his behavior was like at school, and to gain insight.
I walked in the doors with an attitude of being half honked at Will, and expressed that frustration to the oh so wise school secretary, Paula.
I can’t recall exactly what I said to her. Could’ve been something like, “I’m gonna kick that boy’s butt if he doesn’t get his grades up.” Whatever I said, Paula noticed my frustration and very politely replied,
Grades aren’t everything. I’d give anything to have a whole school FULL of “Will Milbourns”.
Thanks for the gentle smack upside the head Paula.
She’s right. Grades aren’t everything. How’s his character? Is that not more important?
I had walked into the school extremely frustrated with Will, and I walked out of the school extremely proud of Will. What a compliment given by Paula to attest to his character.
I just felt that might be a good reminder for some of us as we launch into this school year. Yes, we need to do our best, but grades aren’t the only measure of a child…