Remember our teen who could? And remember how I was all braggy about him being one of only two cadets to finish their weekend tasks so far (after he'd finished 4 of 6 weekend cycles of Emergency Services School for the Civil Air Patrol)?
Well, I'm about to be even more braggy now.
His officer, sergeant-colonel, whatever-the-title (I'm such a civilian) emailed this week and said, "Did B tell you that he was selected as Best Cadet of the Cycle in February?"
So I yelled for "B", our 14yo cadet to come. "Hey, that brownie you mentioned that you got in front of everyone from the chief-officer-guy…you said you thought it was for finishing tasks."
"Soooooo, it wasn't for finishing tasks. It was because you were selected as Best Cadet of the Cycle!!!!!!!!!" At this point I jumped up and hugged him super tightly. If he wasn't 6'4", he'd have fallen over.
"Yeah, okayyyy, Mom," he said, backing off. "I knew it was for something, but wasn't sure what."
Clearly, I'm the more excitable one of the two of us.
Again, I'm amazed that this kid who I thought was kinda lazy is actually not. Obviously, if something interests and challenges him, he's a go-getter. I'm excited about that!
But I feel pretty badly – downright rotten, to be honest – for assuming he was lazy and especially for mentally putting that label on him. This was a good wake-up call to me to believe in the kid, work on good habits, and motivate him to do even those things that are not interesting or challenging.
Now that I know, I have all sorts of things I want him to do! 😉