My son, and we are very proud of him. Now if we could find out what the contest was all about we'd be even more proud. Unfortunately, getting your kids to provide details about school can be as eventful as asking your fish to describe the taste of water.
So here's what happened:
I was a guest reader for my son's kindergarten class last week. I brought DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS from our home library, and it was such a hit that we followed up DON'T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE from the classroom bookshelf. There was a brief intermission where each child raised their hand to tell me how late they stayed up (NOTE: Apparently Star Wars airs on Fridays and many parents extend the standard 8:30 bedtime to 9:00. Must look into this. Also, several stayed up until midnight on New Years and one little liar stayed up all the way until morning uh-huh really she did.)
When I finished with the second book it was time for the kids to get ready for dismissal, and I decided to drive my kids home instead of having them take the bus because that's the kind of Dad I am. We gathered his things and went off to another classroom to get my other son.
When we got there my older son's second-grade teacher saw my kindergartner and said, "It's nice to meet you, congratulations on your Trail Blazer award. We heard your name on the announcements."
I was too busy beaming with pride to notice if he said "thank you" so I'll just assume he did.
On a side note, when I signed the kids out at the office, the administrative staff complimented me on the interactive reading. My younger son's kindergarten classroom is closest to the office, and the door was open so they could all hear two dozen tiny voices shout "NO" over and over again. The Pigeon books rock!
When we got to my car I asked a few questions about the award. The answers were as thin as the air. Later that evening I asked my wife, and she was totally in the dark. She asked the boys some more questions, and by then they were sick of talking about it. We have yet to determine:
- Why he got the award. From what we could surmise, he was nice to people.
- When he got the award. It wasn't that day. We are certain it was this school year, and confident it was in 2010 (but not positive).
- Who else got the award.
- What else comes with the award, other than the principal saying his name in the morning announcements.
For all I know it was a Major Award, falling someplace between the Nobel, Pulitzer, and that leg lamp from A Christmas Story...
"Fra-gee-lay. It must be Italian..."