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Eat The Cupcake

I drove all the way across town to buy my son one of the most flamboyant cupcakes for his last lunch in grade 3.

A celebratory cupcake.

Now you might think that this is ridiculous or over the top.

I mean…it’s just grade 3.

It’s not like he earned his masters degree in law or figured out how to successfully remove the head of his bully grade two teacher’s head from his principal’s asshole.

He simply OWNED grade three.

Scratch that – not simply.ย 

This boy – our boy here, had navigated through some of the most tumultuous storms that you or I could ever imagine and he did while he was at school. We, mom and dad, ย weren’t there to help him through any of it.

We are so damn proud of him that our heads could pop right off our shoulders.

 

So yes, I bought him a cupcake…

and a cookie…

and Mountain Dew (because sugar).

 

On our way to school that morning, his smile was so bright, his feet didn’t drag and he didn’t say that he had “x” amount of hours left until I had to pick him up.

Instead he talked about who he was going to play with at recess and that he was finally looking forward to saying goodbye to “midge” his ridiculously messy locker mate. The kid collected muddy rocks, stashed papers, wrappers, grew penicillin in old food containers, and had his winter coat and scarf in there up until last week when my son took all of it and threw it in the lost and found bin!

Oh we’ve been fighting to get that kid a new less messy and more respectful partner but hey, when you’re a teacher’s kid, you’re a precious little bean and you can do no wrong.

 

Anyways, I can’t wait to hear about his day and how that cupcake tasted.

I got one for myself too.

It was a hard year of advocating and I know that the staff cringes when they see me coming. If only they knew what it’s like to be him they would understand.

I know that any mom (or dad) in my position would do whatever it takes for their kid to feel safe at school, to succeed at school, to enjoy school, and so forth.

So I’m that mom.

I will always be that mom.

Cheers to all of you moms and dads out there who are fighting for your kids. It is exhausting and some days it feels like defeat.

Step back and recognize all that YOU did this year for your child.

That’s pretty amazing.

Cheers to all of us really – lunches, after school activities, homework, volunteer work, the drama, field trips, laundry, getting everyone out of the door early, waking up and doing it all over again…

Parenting is hard yo.

Enjoy your summer Moms and Dads and littles.

Eat the cupcake.

 

 

12 Comments

  1. That cupcake and rewarding your son is extra special!! And I’m glad you got one for yourself too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      He was so happy when he opened his lunch bag. He had no idea that he was getting a cupcake. He totally deserved it.
      And they’re the best cupcakes ever! IF that bakery was near my house, I would live there.

  2. You both most definitely deserve a cupcake!! Way to fight for him Mama and way to get through the school year to your boy! Enjoy your summer!!!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Thank you Beth.
      PS. I accidentally recycled his report card. He came home and said, “Mom, you didn’t sign my report card. I didn’t hand it in”….as I was watching the recycle truck drive off. In my defense, she sent home so much crap all at once and we don’t keep all of the things. I am pretty sure it made it’s way with all that art. YIKES! I’m waiting for the phone call. I don’t want to go in during the summer to sign it. I don’t wanna.

  3. Cheers to both of you! Those cupcakes look really good ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Oh that cupcake is phenomenal. They make the best cupcakes in the world.

  4. Liv Liv

    That’s just fantastic. I’m so proud of you both and so happy this year went well for him. How far he’s come!!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      He’s my big little rock star. He’s already had 3 bowls of cereal and I don’t know how many snacks this morning but I can tell that he’s in heaven…because he’s home ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Parenting is hard. I am one of those parents. I was on a first name basis with some of the staff at the middle school this year. I am one of those parents so much that I am thinking about running for the school board next year when four of the current members terms come up.

    I hope you both enjoyed your cupcakes because they look divine!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Oh that would be a wonderful thing – make change. I honestly thought of it too. A bunch of us moms did actually. We joked about it at first one year when we started to see how those moms and their kids got all the special privileges and the best teachers etc…but then the year my son was bullied by a teacher and one of the parent council members said to me “See, that’s why I am allowed to pick where my kids go. I said my kids will never have that monster for a teacher. No way!”..I was like, something needs to be changed. I started by arranging a meeting with his new teacher for next year. A sit down between my son’s medical professionals and the principal, the teacher, a learning aide, etc…they were so annoyed by it. I know they thought it was over the top. I don’t care though. It’s HIS experience and I want him to learn and flourish and all those good things. I don’t want him to be pushed to the side. I really don’t care what they think of me.
      You get yourself a cupcake Morgan. It’s hard facing backlash. Our kids need a voice. We are their voice. Big hugs mama.

  6. parents do a lot for their kids and they should be advocating for them and making sure it’s a safe place. I’m glad your kid made it through! On to the next grade! And omg, those cupcakes look great.

  7. “Eat the Cupcake!”

    YEAhhhhh, baaaaby.

    You are an amazing Mama)))) xx

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