going for the gold

My youngest daughter spent her first year in CAP doing not much more than attending. Sometime during her second year she began struggling to promote. Understand that we as a family do not request special accommodations for our kids. In the adult world they will have to make it without accommodations. They are going to have to make their way through this world on their own merits.I tell you this so you know that sometimes she had to test three or more times to get a passing grade. No one there knows (other than by observation)that she has special needs.
About eighteen months ago my daughter decided she wanted to obtain the Mitchel Award. Considering her rank at the time, I wasn’t sure she would manage it,but I never let on I had any doubts.
Last summer she made a decision that cost her six months of her time,but she took her consequences (never fully understanding what she had done to earn them)and hung tough.
As of this morning she has an essay,a five to seven minute speech and one more test and she will have her award.
Look at that list.
An essay.
A speech.
A comprehensive test.
My daughter did not read until she was twelve,and then it was Box Car books.
Until the latter part of this school year, she wrote at about the seventh grade level (a large improvement over years past). She has had drastic gains since Christmas,but it is still a struggle for her.
My daughter doesn’t mind people,the speech will not bother her. Being coherent will be an issue,but they do tend to be kind to tongue tied teens when it comes to speaking publicly.
Testing has become less difficult for her,but still an issue.
My daughter who spent the first ten and a half years of her life bouncing from home to home,school to school,illiterate,unwanted, is competing with those teens who have grown up surrounded by everything she lacked. My Alcohol and drug exposed daughter is competing with neurologically intact teens.
I think she is going to make it.
I doubt there is anyone who wants it more,or has worked harder to get there.
I guarentee that no matter if she obtains the award,or she does not,there isn’t a mother on the planet who is prouder of their child than I am.

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About lenell

Wife to a very patient man and mom to 8 interesting kids via birth,marriage and adoption. Grandma to nearly 5,nearly perfect grandchildren.
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3 Responses to going for the gold

  1. Summersnow says:

    Congratulations to your Dd. What a wonderful accomplishment!

    Delightful to catch up with you–I had been wondering if you and your family were alright.

    Susan

  2. Jeanne says:

    šŸ™‚ Wow.

  3. Dochinka99 says:

    Fantastic! What an accomplishment.

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