Foiled again

August 31, 2009 at 10:21 am 6 comments

     My very brave boy decided again to run for student council. Sure he would get elected this year, he eagerly wrote his speech and earnestly talked about why he would like to be involved. He practiced his speech before school and apparently even added a few sentences on the fly while standing before his class.

     He came home on the day of voting positive that nearly everyone had cast their ballot in his direction. I alternated between wanting to be completely supportive and needing to prepare him for the possibility that he might not get elected. Yet ever hopeful was I, thinking about his strong start this year and his seeming to finally have a little bit of a support system among the kids.

     He was close, his teacher said, really close. For that I am happy. As for C, he handled the disappointment pretty well. His closing comment on the matter? “Good grief. I hope I get elected to student council before I get to college.”

     Me too, C. Me too.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. pixiemama  |  August 31, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Good grief! What are these (idiot) classmates thinking?!

  • 2. mama mara  |  August 31, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Tell C that even Abraham Lincoln suffered many defeats before becoming one of our most celebrated presidents ever:
    •1832 – Defeated in run for Illinois State Legislature
    •1834 – Elected to Illinois State Legislature (success)
    •1838 – Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker
    •1843 – Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress
    •1846 – Elected to Congress (success)
    •1848 – Lost re-nomination
    •1854 – Defeated in run for U.S. Senate
    •1856 – Defeated in run for nomination for Vice President
    •1858 – Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate
    •1860 – Elected President (success)

  • 3. robinaltman  |  August 31, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    C is so dear. (Love the mama mara Lincoln thoughts. They make me want to run for something.)

  • 4. therocchronicles  |  September 1, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Oh man! What a great comment from him! (maybe mama mara has the same presidential interests as C? Who knew?!)

    It was nice to hear that the voting was close though. What a brave guy for running in the first place! Go C!

  • 5. Michelle - Nathan's Mom  |  September 1, 2009 at 10:24 am

    The sheer fact he’s willing to give it another try will serve him well. I love the Lincoln timeline too! Makes me feel better about all my mis-steps along the way.

  • 6. jlewicky  |  September 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    You must be so incredibly proud of him! What a great kid. I wish I had been that mature at that age. Heck, I wish I could be that mature now!


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