There are days that my heart beams with pride. Yesterday was one of those days. We received the following email from Sean’s teacher.
I just wanted to let you know that your son, Sean gave an amazing speech today. He definitely gave us all something to think about and he presented it so well. I’m very proud of him.
Here is his speech.
Communication Arts 8, Hour 1
28 January 2013
I Have a Dream
In this school alone, there are thousands of different talents and interests, and in the blue valley district; thousands more are there as well. So, why is it that people are judged by being that really smart kid who is always at the top of the class? What about the people who play any sport they can during school? Don’t forget the people who decide not to do anything with their time and just sit around at home and play video games or text on their phone. I feel like I have been in the center of this huge problem for the longest time.
“Why didn’t you sign up for track and field?” “Why didn’t you get an A+ on the last test?” And “Why didn’t you sign on to X-Box Live last night?” We are in a world of expectance and stereotyping. You can go out and do whatever you want to do, be what you want to be. I have been asked many times “Why don’t you play basketball? You are tall enough to be good.” All this question is saying is you look fine from the outside, wanna come play? No. No, I don’t want to play basketball. I don’t like basketball. I don’t like to play most sports. I mean you could take me out to the ball game any time, and I would whole-heartedly root for the home team. I just don’t like to play it.
Now comes the question, “Well, you don’t play any sports, and you would probably prefer to play video games all day huh?” Don’t get me wrong here, I would love to be able to play video games 24/7, but I actually get plenty of exercise. Between camping in Boy Scouts, and running around in theater is quite the work-out, and let’s take one of them as a big example. Boy Scouts. Knots, Camping, and First-Aid. Yes, all of these things go into Boy Scouts, but it does not and never will show the whole picture.
Boy Scouts is about trying to be the best that you can be, and to become a better person in your community, in your state, in your country, and even in your world. A Boy Scout should be that guy who can say “I can help” whenever there is a problem. It does not matter if that situation is anything from helping to clean up a room after class to saving someone’s life when they have dropped dead due to a stroke.
Nearly every day we live by these words:
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
You only have to be physically strong to your fullest potential, you have to be mentally awake and aware of your surroundings, and being morally straight only requires you to not to do stupid stuff!
A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
Now some of those words you may not know what exactly they mean, like to be courteous, to be thrifty. To be courteous is to be polite, respectful, and considerate in your manners. To be thrifty is to use resources carefully, and not wastefully.
We are, in all things that we do, more than meets the eye, but just know this. You, you, you, you, and every single one of you can be whoever and whatever you want to be. Don’t let anyone put you down because of it. If you feel like what you are doing is right, then keep doing it. You will still be you, no matter what you do. If a friend ever puts you down because of it, then you should probably tell off that “friend” and go find new ones that would appreciate you for everything that you are, you do, and you say. Thank you.
Yup. I am a proud mamma.