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Thursday, March 8, 2012

He Stood Up For His Values

Yesterday at school my son stood up for something he believed in.
And I am so proud of him for it.

Heard of the movie The Lorax?

Pretty hard not to.

Our school is decorated cutely with silly Dr. Seuss trees and flying Seuss birds.  The little boys came home bearing some sunflower seeds and some sort of official looking paper that said they had taken the Lorax pledge or something another.  I honestly didn't pay any attention to it because they were just happy about the seeds.

Yesterday S1 came in rather glum.

"What's up?" I asked as I scooped them out some special dirt cake we made on Oreo cookies birthday.

"I had a rough day at school," he said.

He's had a rough year at school.  Keeping in mind what Sue said on the Real Mom's of West Michigan Tuesday, I reminded myself to just listen to what he was about to tell me.

"Tell me about it," I encouraged.

He then explained to me that the teacher had asked the class to sign a Lorax pledge.  He didn't care to sign it, he could care less about the seeds they were giving out since we would have plenty of seeds to plant this spring anyhow, and so he didn't sign it.

He didn't make a big deal about it.  He just didn't sign it.

I would have been proud of him for that.

But then the teacher asked him why he didn't sign it.  He just shrugged and said it wasn't something he agreed with.

The teacher then pulled him out of class and explained to him what it was.  S1 still didn't want to sign it so he just told him he wasn't going to.  And then my son went back to his school work.

Over the course of that day, the teacher pulled my son out of class FOUR times.  Yes, four.  He told him he didn't need to be so black and white on things.

S1 still didn't sign it.

But what got my son right to the heart was when the teacher said, "Don't you read your Bible?  Don't you think we should take care of the earth?"

And my son, he looked right at his teacher who is in authority over him, and was brave enough to say, "I don't want to sign something that is making a bigger deal over creation then the Creator."

I nearly cheered when he told me that.

He had left the school feeling beat up but he left with his head held high.

And I am insanely proud of him for doing so.

My quiet 12 year old son who is growing into a little man already, who is nearly as tall as me, who quietly does his work and is a huge help to us all, who has decided to read his Bible in a year and has kept up with that schedule...I am so proud of him I am crying as I type this.

He asked us not to make a big deal of it.

But when I seen MobSociety ask for a linkup for Let's Hear it For the Boys, I couldn't resist sharing this story.

I hope that I would be as brave as my son has been.


11 comments:

Kristi said...

I am crying as I read this! I am so proud of your son too! And you and Jake should be the proudest parents ever to be raising such a fine young man! Kudos! And... Mum's the word.

Kristi said...

I am crying as I read this! I am so proud of your son too! And you and Jake should be the proudest parents ever to be raising such a fine young man! Kudos! And... Mum's the word.

Chelsea said...

Good for him, not only for thinking for himself but for being able to articulate exactly what it was about the pledge that bothered him. Shame on that teacher for trying to bully him. Asking him? Sure. But four times is excessive. What a great job his parents must have done with this boy! ;)

julie said...

Ok, that has to make any Momma proud! Thank you for sharing his story, and please let him know that I plan on reading this post to my two boys. We could all learn how to stand for the Lord from your "S1" :)

Julie said...

P.S. I also meant to say how shocked I am that the teacher pulled him out four times?! As if they don't get enough peer pressure as it is....and now from a teacher?

Heather B said...

As teachers we learn to pick our battles with kids. Why on earth this teacher chose to pick this one is beyond me. Good for your little man!

Praise and Coffee said...

I am standing and applauding Andrew!!! And seething at the teacher at the same time.

It's best that I don't speak about it. But you know what I'm thinking.

Good job Andrew!!!
Love,
Miss Sue

Becca @ Our Crazy Boys said...

SO proud of him, and your heart must be swelling.

I am concerned, though, about the teacher taking time away from 1. teaching her students and 2. andrew being in class to pull him out and address this multiple times during the school day. As a good kid, I would think she would realize there was a solid reason for his actions.

When I meet Andrew, I promise I won't make a big deal about it ;)

Karen said...

That's a very grown up 12 year old you've got there Denise! You have raised a yong man of integrity. I too am impressed that he could express so eloquently his reasoning to the teacher.

Piper said...

Wow... I am teary eyed myself! That is awesome. Knowing that the Holy Spirit is working in his life is wonderful. I wonder how she felt once he answered her question??? Way to go!!

Tammy said...

Good for your boy! Bad for that teacher. :( So glad your boy stood up for what he believed! Good job, Mom!!